With variations compared to the first trial: 1-0 against Monterrey from Mexico, and several youth players on the pitch, River played the second game of a preparation that will be completed on Tuesday against Vasco da Gama from Brazil against Millonarios from Colombia.
On this occasion, the Millionaire team that Martín Demichelis is drawing up in the United States appeared at the Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, 50 kilometers from Miami, and won 2-0 with goals from Emanuel Mammana, 14 minutes into the second half. and Miguel Borja, from a penalty, at 43.
With Armani in goal, after being world champion with the Argentine team in Qatar, and the youth players Felipe Peña, Tomás Castro Ponce and Flabián Londoño, in the starting lineup, the Argentines did their best to take charge of the game, from the moment the ball began to roll, although they found a rival standing well.
Millionaires, whose most immediate antecedent was a 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin in Germany, suffered the intensity of River in the first section, but he asserted himself, he knew how to adapt, and within the framework of a very intense match, at times from goal to arc, with his team movements ended up leaving a better image.
It was difficult for Demichelis’ alternative set to go back, as well as for Bruno Zucculini to cover the entire width of the field in the central strip, and in this context, with favorable moments for one and the other, River had its most dangerous arrival with a low free kick by Esequiel Barco, who was covered by the goalkeeper.
The entry of José Paradela lifted River, which, holding the tie with a series of saves from Armani, took advantage after a tackle from Mammana to connect a rebound from the goalkeeper. The changes, many, transformed the game, and Borja, from a penalty, sealed the 2-0 on the hour.
Vélez, Gimnasia’s first rival in the Professional League, concluded its tour of Uruguayan territory undefeated, after beating Defensor Sporting 2-1, in the fourth and last friendly it held in the neighboring country. The goals: Nicolás Garayalde put Liniers’ team ahead, Gonzalo Freitas temporarily equalized immediately and Paraguayan José Florentín established the final difference, with a violent header, after a corner.
In another preparation match, Unión obtained a convincing victory against Cerro de Montevideo by 3-1, in the first friendly that it designed in Uruguayan territory. At the Deportivo Enrique Castro complex, Tatengue prevailed with scores from Mauro Luna Diale, Lucas Esquivel and Junior Marabel.
Rosario Central, in Chile, got a 1-1 draw against Universidad Católica, within the framework of the tour that will complete against Palestino de Chile. The team led by Miguel Russo established equality after a scissors from the youthful Fabricio Oviedo, who picked up a rebound off the crossbar. The Chilean team, led by Ariel Holan, had taken the initial advantage through a popcorn from Gonzalo Tapia.
On one of the alternative courts of the San Carlos de Apoquindo complex, the Rosario team had a great opportunity to open the score, 34 minutes into the first half, but the Uruguayan Jhonatan Candia crashed a penalty kick off the crossbar.