Deportivo Binacional vs. River Plate – Game Report – September 22, 2020


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Deportivo Binacional vs.  River Plate - Game Report - September 22, 2020

(EFE) – River Plate once again humiliated Binacional, which it beat 0-6 in Lima this Tuesday, half a year after it thrashed it 8-0 at the Monumental in Buenos Aires. There have been 14 goals in 180 minutes for the Argentine team against the champion of Peru.

The triumph allowed River to reach 7 points and establish itself in second place in Group D of the Copa Libertadores, with 3 units ahead of San Pablo, which it will face next week in the Argentine capital in a key match after the Brazilians fell 4-2 against Liga de Quito, which is the leader.

This meeting also served to verify that the team of ‘Doll’ Marcelo Gallardo has not lowered its level of play for the international tournament despite the fact that it lasted half a year without competing.

From the first minute of the game it was clear that the reunion of the ‘Millionaire’ with the Binacional had the same script as the historic 8-0 victory achieved before football was paralyzed by COVID-19.

The superiority of the Argentine team over the Peruvian was once again so abysmal that at times it seemed that a rival from the lower divisions was being measured. He suffocated Binational from start to finish, which could only run chasing the ball that the visitors were moving from one side to the other.

The blue team was overwhelmed by all sectors of the field, despite playing very retracted and with the lines together so as not to grant spaces. When he wanted to go on the counterattack, the pressure of the Argentines made them lose the ball in the blink of an eye.

The Lake Titicaca team once again accused the fact of playing as a local in Lima, at sea level, due to the obligation of the Peruvian health authorities, which did not allow them to receive River in their fort in Juliaca, at 3,800 meters of altitude, where on the first day of the group stage they defeated San Pablo 2-1.

Thus, as it happened in the 8-0 in Buenos Aires, the goals began to fall little by little as River added more and more arrivals to the rival area, in front of a static defense that was incapable of stopping the plays of the line marker.

First it was the Uruguayan Nicolás De la Cruz who, in a pass play at the first touch, opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour of play with a low shot hitting the near post.

The second goal showed that luck was not with the Peruvian team either, as Suárez’s volley shot was diverted to the net by John Fajardo.

It was also not correct in the defense of the third goal, where Álvarez collected a rebound in the heart of the area to shoot at pleasure.

Binacional did not shoot between the three sticks of Franco Armani’s goal until the 59th minute in an individual play by Colombian striker Johan Arango, the only hope of the Peruvians in attack, who was undone with a dribble from Pinola, but then his shot went to the goalkeeper’s hands.

Meanwhile, in the other goal, the chances for River continued to happen, with a string of centers from the left wing that walked in front of the goal line without finding a finisher and two balls taken under the same line by the Peruvian defense.

The one who did not miss was Ignacio Fernández, who scored the fourth goal by finishing unopposed from the penalty spot a pass from Álvarez’s death.

With the match more than resolved, Gallardo brought in the 21-year-old Federico Girotti, who was about to score the fifth goal for River, and also Pratto, who reappeared after recovering from a muscle injury.

The ‘Bear’ had not scored a goal with River for 480 days and in just 18 minutes he scored 2 goals from an area hunter to put the final 0-6.


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