(ESPN.com) – River added its second consecutive victory in the Professional League Cup, defeating Platense 1-0 as a visitor, for the third date in Zone 1.
The only goal of the match was scored by Matías Suárez at 9 minutes of play.
It was a special match for the Squid: beyond the promotion and his return to Primera after 22 years in his stadium, there was a moment of emotion due to the retirement of Daniel Vega, idol and historical player of the club, who will become director sports.
Vega started as a starter with the classic number 9 jacket, and in that minute he was replaced by Matías Tissera. Moments before, Suárez scored the only goal of the game after a great play by Nico De La Cruz.
The Uruguayan eliminated two rival players and put in a great pass for the former Belgrano to accurately define De Olivera’s far post. At the same time, and after the celebration, Borré left due to an inconvenience and was replaced by Julián Alvarez. All in a very short time.
It was more River at the beginning of the game. Before the goal, the Uruguayan De La Cruz hit the post after taking a very good free kick. Núñez’s team also had a clear header from Carrascal that went over the crossbar and a great shot from Suárez that barely deflected and almost ended in a goal.
Platense gradually settled down, and thanks to a great job in the midfield by Bogado and Lamberti he sought to match the actions.
He could have scored 1 to 1 after a great free kick from Bogado and a weak response from Armani, who lost the ball: Recalde scored the goal but the action was canceled by advanced position.
In the complement Platense stood more determined to seek the tie. River was too late, could not dominate the ball and the squid was close to a draw.
Armani had to intervene twice: first to cover a hand-in-hand against Curuchet, and then to stretch how long it is to put a saving slap after a header from Recalde and send the ball to the corner kick.
The draw would have been a fair reward for Platense, who has just arrived from promotion and with a modest squad is showing that he will be a difficult opponent for anyone. In fact, it came from beating Argentinos Juniors 1 to 0 in the classic.
In the second half Gallardo began to move the bench and made his reinforcements debut this season, with the exception of Jonatan Maidana: Palavecino (for Vigo, who debuted as a right-back from the start), Paradela, Fontana and David Martínez entered.
The latter was admitted by Javier Pinola, who left with a fractured forearm. A sensitive loss for the millionaire on defense, considering that Montiel is out of the team recovering from mononucleosis.
The millionaire was satisfied more with the result than with the game. Anyway, Gallardo was helped by the game to film the new faces. Now, taking into account the team’s losses, he will look for the best 11 for Thursday, when he will face Racing in the final of the Argentine Super Cup.