(ESPN.com) – River could not against Racing: at the Monumental, Marcelo Gallardo’s team drew 0-0 with the Academy, for the seventh date of Zone 1 of the Professional League Cup.
Thus, those of Avellaneda remain one point higher than their rival this Sunday: they have 12 points against 11 of the millionaire, who for now is located fifth and is not among the four best that will get into the quarterfinals.
The point was celebrated by the Academy, which from 12 minutes into the second half played with 10 for the expulsion of Juan Cáceres.
River came from being a machine last date, when with a great performance it had beaten Godoy Cruz 6 to 1. Racing, meanwhile, accumulated four games without defeats adding Copa Argentina, although with a DT that does not finish convincing.
Racing, who had just lost 5-0 in the Argentine Super Cup a few weeks ago against River, came out assuming their inferiority. And he sought as a premise to take refuge near Arias. At times without passing half the court, leaving Copetti very alone at the top.
But ultimately Juan Antonio Pizzi’s proposal paid off. River dominated but did not achieve depth.
Gallardo asked for acceleration in the final meters, a key to this team of the Doll, but he almost never found it. In fact, in the first half he had no goal situations, except for a good pass from Enzo Pérez that Vigo could not connect with precision.
As the minutes passed, the Academy realized that in addition to neutralizing the rival, it could also counter attack. And he did it at times, with a good job from Piatti and a run from Chancalay. But it wasn’t enough to unsettle Armani.
In the complement, things remained the same. Racing approached taking advantage of the stopped ball and River left with the intention of finding more mobility.
But at 12 minutes, Cáceres saw the red for a double yellow after a foul on Suárez, the best of the millionaire. And if Racing maintained a defensive scheme with 11, it took refuge closer to Arias with 10 men.
But he did well. It cost River to generate situations and find a game to create danger. It could be said that one of the clearest had it with 11, with a free kick by De la Cruz that Arias covered, and then, after the rebound, the goalkeeper returned to contain after a shot by Alvarez.
Without Borré on the court, Fontana, his replacement, was able to score 1-0 with a heads-up that the Academy goalkeeper covered very well.
But there was not much else. Racing was satisfied. He went out to defend himself, not to let River play, and he took what he was looking for. By the way, he stayed a point above those of Núñez in the table. River, who came from being very effective against Godoy Cruz, had a lot of the ball but could never find a way to get into a very tight defense.
On the next date, the eighth, River will visit Arsenal, which has not yet won in the tournament and is last, while Racing will play at home against Godoy Cruz.