Deportivo Riestra is First Class. And it’s not a joke. Not even the oldest life member dreamed of this promotion to First Division that took place this Saturday, December 2 at 7:05 p.m.
“Malevo”, which between 1949 and 2014 alternated between divisions C and D of Argentine soccer, reached the highest category after winning the reduced division for the second promotion. In a close final, with few goal situations and a lot of nervousness, Riestra beat Deportivo Maipú de Mendoza 1-0 with a header from Gustavo Fernández, 15 minutes into the second half.
The team led by Matías Módolo had entered the Reduced through the window: on the last date of the regular phase of the Primera B Nacional they beat Gimnasia in Jujuy by 1 to 0, in a match that ended in scandal, with two expelled in the local team and a penalty with three minutes left. There was so much anger and indignation in Lobo that the fans invaded the playing field to try to “lynch” the referee.
In the “mata-mata” crossings, the Nueva Pompeya team dropped all the favorites: San Martín de Tucumán, Quilmes, Almirante Brown – finalist for the first promotion – and Maipú, who was third in the same group.
Throughout its history, Riestra played 26 seasons in Primera D, 43 in C, 4 in Primera B and just 5 in Primera Nacional, after his debut in the 2017/2018 campaign.
The meteoric rise to First Division of “Malevo”, who wears Adidas clothing like River and has Speed as its main sponsor, comes from the hand of Fabio Pirolo, lawyer and current president of the club who curiously joined the Boca board of directors in the management of Daniel Angelici.
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