Banfield’s second goal and Gallardo’s reaction
River Plate had achieved the partial draw against Banfield at the Monumental Stadium and with all the encouragement of its people. Miguel Borja’s goal was a strong emotional boost and it seemed that the millionaire cast was going to convert the second, but two minutes later the Drill got the second goal through Julián Palacios. The local coach, Marcelo Gallardo, could not believe it and made it known with his gesture.
The Doll’s face of incredulity was eloquent: it lowered its head and moved it twice. He bit his mouth and then smiled ironically at the second goal for Claudio Vivas’ team, which came after a winger came out and after a Chilean that Ramiro Enrique could not finish. The rebound was taken by Palacios and with a cross shot he overcame Franco Armani’s resistance.
Immediately, the millionaire fans began to sing, “Movete River, move, move, stop fucking.” However, their players showed a positive attitude as they looked for and turned goalkeeper Facundo Cambeses into a figure, who had five key saves to avoid many others.
The detail of Gallardo’s reaction
River Plate was surprised by Banfield who 26 minutes into the first half took the lead with a great goal from Alejandro Cabrera after a volley that was preceded by touches, a wall and a shot on the post.
El Millonario felt the blow but went to look for the tie and Santiago Simón had the tie, but Cambeses denied it. Then came a great qualification from Borja to Nicolás De La Cruz, who was hand in hand with Cambeses, who continued with his remarkable work and returned to save Banfield.
The locals deserved equality, although they found a remarkable job by the Drill goalkeeper who, except for Borja’s goal, whose header was sudden and could not do anything, appeared with saves that were key in Banfield’s triumph.
In the fourth minute of added time, it was Matías Suárez who searched, but again Cambeses drowned out the cry of the fans, who after the game recognized the work of their players and changed the chant of anger for recognition and applauded them. As usual, Gallardo stole the applause again beyond the result.
Inconsolably, the millionaire soccer players greeted their people and waited a few seconds in the middle of the field and Gallardo went to look for them, in a gesture that shows his leadership. The technical director also valued the attempts of his players who sought until the last minute to achieve equality.
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