At the Libertadores de América stadium, River Plate defeated Flamengo by 2 to 1 with goals from Julián Álvarez for the fifth date of Group D and declared their passage to the second round of CONMEBOL Libertadores.
In this way, with the classification assured, the Millionaire will have a hand-in-hand definition with Liga de Quito to see who gets the first place in the group.
Marcelo Gallardo’s team started the game with its already marked style of play, pressing the exit of the Brazilian team with Borré, Suárez and Álvarez up, while San Pablo responded with their weapons, overflowing on the sides and finishing with Hernanes.
However, at 11 minutes the score was opened for River, after a great collective play with a pure touch and many walls, De la Cruz filtered the ball for Julián Álvarez and the youth of the Millionaire defined in a great way with his open foot to make it 1-0 in the match.
Minutes later, Álvarez himself had a new chance on his feet for the Millionaire in a similar play, after a great pass from Nacho Fernández, but he could not define before the goalkeeper Tiago Volpi’s bilge.
When River seemed to have everything under control, San Pablo got the partial tie, when from a corner kick, the ball went high to the center of the area and the central Diego Costa connected a header that was impossible to stop for Franco Armani, which meant the 1-1 of the meeting.
But when the clock ticked 37 minutes, a new collective move that came from the left wing generated by Matías Suárez, ended in a pass to the center and again Julián Álvarez defined with a bombshell to decree the 2-1 Millionaire.
With the second half underway, San Pablo began to step harder on River’s land and generated some dangerous occasions, but the clearest was at the end of the game, when Léo arrived head-on with an empty goal, but the ball stung wrong and with the mark from behind by a Millionaire player, he ended up sending the ball over the crossbar.
With this victory, River reached 10 points in the group, remaining just two points behind the Quito League, leading with 12 units after beating Binacional 4-0. In this way, the Argentine team will define on the Independiente court against their Ecuadorian counterpart who will be the best of the group. If he wins, it will be first, but if he draws or loses, Liga will occupy the first place. Meanwhile, São Paulo and Binacional will define in Brazil the qualifier for CONMEBOL Sudamericana.
The panorama in the other groups:
In group A, Flamengo took revenge for what happened weeks ago in Ecuador and defeated Independiente del Valle 4-0, thus ensuring the classification for the second round of CONMEBOL Libertadores, while the Ecuadorian team, to seal their passage , you must tie at least to seal your ticket. If he loses, he will need a hand from Flamengo so that Junior (lost 2-0 with Barcelona from Ecuador) does not add three units.
For their part, in group F, where Racing and Nacional have already secured their participation in the round of 16, Estudiantes de Mérida drew 2-2 against Alianza Lima in Peru and will define on the last date who will be classified for the CONMEBOL Sudamericana .