“You don’t live on penalties”, River’s buzzy flag (X)
River Plate was home to the Libertadores de América stadium of Independiente, before the commitments for recitals at the Monumental de Núñez. The fans still filled the Avellaneda venue, but those led by Martín Demichelis could not beat Instituto: they tied 0-0 and ended up qualifying for the quarterfinals of the League Cup as escorts of Huracán in Group A.
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It was the team’s first game with its own audience after the final of the Copa Libertadores that Boca lost 2-1 in overtime against Fluminense at the Maracaná, on November 4. And, although there was no recital of chants against the classic opponent, but rather encouragement to the Banda’s footballers, there was a reference through a sharp flag, whose legend ended up becoming a trend on social networks.
The “rag”, located on one of the high trays in Rojo’s home, did not directly allude to the Xeneize, but rather pointed it out subtly. “You don’t live on penalties,” the message stressed. The thing is that the team that Mariano Herrón now temporarily directs (and that had Jorge Almirón, who later resigned, on the substitute bench) reached the definition after overcoming three series with shots from the 12 steps based on the enormous performance of Chiquito Romero and the expertise in the execution of the auctions. It happened against Nacional de Montevideo, Racing and Palmeiras from Brazil.
* The main alternatives in the duel for the League Cup
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The River Plate sting, due to the context offered by today, is double-edged: in 2023 they won the Professional League, they won the two Superclásicos they played and today, beyond the fact that they have accumulated three games without winning, they will compete for the possibility of playing a new title in the quarterfinals of the League Cup, while Boca was not among the best eight teams in the tournament.
In addition, those from La Ribera must wait for a series of results to continue dreaming of qualifying for the 2024 Copa Libertadores: they must finish fifth in the annual table and hope that one of the teams that already have a place (Central or Godoy Cruz) stay with the League Cup and free up a place. Otherwise, next year’s international adventure for Xeneize will be in the Copa Sudamericana.
The Millonario audience accompanied the Libertadores de América (@fotobairesarg)