The 1-0 of Enzo Fernández, who did not shout it for his past in the Halcón
The champion River Plate suffered an unexpected setback against Defense and Justice, in a packed Monumental that celebrated the title in the Professional League: they fell 3-2. Walter Bou, Miguel Merentiel and Franco Paredes scored for those led by Sebastián Beccacece, third in the standings. Enzo Fernández and Braian Romero signed the goals of the homeowner, who suffered the fall of an unbeaten 18 games.
The Band took to the field with the intention of honoring the crown it won and the same ambition it showed before the consecration: it suffocated its adversary and attacked with the wings in the opposite field, dynamics and mobility. Thus, at 3 minutes, he had already warned with a deflected header from Robert Rojas. And he threaded a couple more plays in which he even had numerical superiority, but he solved badly. He was, of course, favored by the generous play of his adversary, who, even under pressure, kept trying.
At 9 minutes River broke the parity. Palavecino yielded to Casco, who sent a precise cross to the heart of the area, where neither Álvarez nor Romero emerged: in position 9, Enzo Fernández headed straight to the grass to seal the 1-0 score.
With the advantage, the Falcon aimed to go out a little more, exerting pressing in the millionaire exit, but also offered spaces. And with Palavecino as the axis, the host continued generating. A shot from Araña Álvarez, another from the aforementioned former Platense, an attack from Romero that Unsain anticipated, and a double cover by the goalkeeper against the forward himself with a past in Varela embodied the cluster of chances for the homeowner.
The best of the visit occurred at 28 ′, when Merentiel was combined with Pizzini and the former Independiente, face to face with Armani, succumbed to the presence of the goalkeeper who was a member of the Argentine team.
The great first half of River closed with a very clear opportunity. At 40, Romero was hand in hand for Unsain and, instead of defining, he sought to assist Enzo Fernández, so that he would solve with the empty goal. But it was unusually long. Almost immediately, Rojas had to act as a firefighter and almost refuse on the line. The moral: he shouldn’t have wasted so much to endorse his merit.
The goal of Bou, who declared 1-1
The Millionaire lamented the wasted actions. He added one to the 7 ‘of the complement, when Casco enabled Romero, who finished crossed and deflected. At 17, Rotondi found a lone Bou to score 1-1 (he shouted it fiercely, because of his past at Boca, a club to which he must return).
And those led by Gallardo suffered again. At 27, Pizzini’s run as they opened up around him led to the touch to Merentiel, to deliver the surprise blow: 2-1. Although those of Varela had settled down better in the party, the result did not agree with the development, especially with the exhibition of the Band in the first time.
Pizzini’s run and both Merentiel’s: 2-1 for the visit
The local reaction was immediate: at 28, Romero captured a center-pass and solved together a stick to seal the 2-2. But in the epilogue, with five minutes to go, the “ex’s law” show continued. Franco Paredes, a winger from Núñez, appeared as a right wing and defined a cross to seal the final score.
Thus, the Falcon ratified its classification to the next South American Cup. And the title of River was not tarnished; in fact, there was a succession of ovations to Gallardo and Ponzio with the consummated defeat. Perhaps, thinking about the immediate future (the final against Colón on 12/18), he will have to sharpen his aim, given that he made Ezequiel Unsain figure, but even so he added the third setback in the contest.
River Plate: Franco Armani; Robert Rojas, David Martínez, Paulo Díaz and Milton Casco; Santiago Simón, Enzo Fernández, Franco Zuculini and Agustín Palavecino; Julián Álvarez and Braian Romero. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
Defense and Justice: Ezequiel Unsain; Nicolás Tripicchio, Adonis Frías, Nazareno Colombo and Marcelo Benítez; Kevin Gutiérrez and Gabriel Hachen; Francisco Pizzini, Walter Bou and Carlos Rotondi; Miguel Merentiel. DT: Sebastián Beccacece.
Referee: Patricio Loustau.
Stadium: River Plate.
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