River Plate’s path in the Professional League Cup came to an end when they fell 2-0 on penalties against Rosario Central, after a goalless draw in regular game time. The definitions from the twelve steps continue to be a nightmare for the Millionaire and this time the figure of Jorge Broun appeared to cover three of the shots – the other was deflected by Lanzini. It is the second round that Martín Demichelis has lost since he took over in the Núñez team, after the elimination in the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores against Internacional de Puerto Alegre.
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The current Argentine soccer champion had a good game against Canalla, but could not put that difference on the scoreboard. Once Yael Falcón Pérez marked the end of the match, Micho went inside the substitute bench and took with his hand the little gold chain that was wrapped around his neck. Furthermore, he looked at one of the same pendants and gave it a long kiss in search of luck for the executions directed at him. However, fortune was on the side of the Rosario team. At another time, he was seen with half of it fixed in a plastic bottle.
The players themselves decided not to have a fixed order for the penalties, but instead opted to watch the emotions as the shootout progressed to decide who was next, something that Demichelis endorsed. This was confirmed by the fourth referee to journalist Gustavo Yarroch during the broadcast. After Franco Armani won the two draws to go to the goal where River’s bias was and start kicking, Enzo Díaz started by missing with a shot to the middle that Fatura saved with his foot. The next one was Agustín Palavecino with a sequence that caught attention: he took a no look when defining the center and never expected the goalkeeper to stay still.
* The complete round between River Plate and Rosario Central
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Although Pulpo’s cover of Jaminton Campaz gave River an air of hope, Gonzalo Martínez once again buried any type of possibility. Pity opened his left foot and again Broun flew to deflect the ball outside. To close the Millonario’s participation in the League Cup, Manuel Lanzini kicked several meters over the crossbar of Mario Alberto Kempes’ goal and thus closed the definition with a 2-0 in favor of Rosario Central, which only needed to execute three times .
It was the first time in the history of the Núñez club that it lost a penalty shootout without scoring a shot. The cameras were left with a mocking smile from Miguel Ángel Russo at the moment his team reached the final, where they will face Platense in search of a new title in the highest category of Argentine soccer.