(EFE) – River Plate will receive this Wednesday Junior from Barranquilla on the second day of Group D of the Copa Libertadores with the last minute loss of Matías Suárez, since he had close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19 .
Group D, one of the most even, is red-hot because on the first match there was a double 1-1 draw: River against Flamengo and Independiente del Valle against Junior from Barranquilla.
El Millonario has just lost to San Lorenzo on Sunday at home 2-1, but remains in the qualifying zone for the quarterfinals of the local tournament with two days left.
Colón leads Zone A with 21 points, followed by Estudiantes de La Plata with 19 and three teams with 18 points: River Plate (+12 goal difference), San Lorenzo (+1) and Racing Club (+1).
For the match against the Colombians, River thought he could count on his starting striker Suarez again, after recovering from a synovitis in his right knee that afflicted him for almost three weeks, but due to close contact he was marginalized from the team. His place could be taken by Federico Girotti.
The one who is in doubt is Fabrizio Angileri, who suffered a back pain against San Lorenzo. If he does not recover, in his place will be Milton Casco.
Jonatan Maidana, who had a fever on Sunday, was tested for coronavirus and this Monday night he tested positive, leaving the campus marginalized.
Junior de Barranquilla arrives at a great moment after having beaten Independiente del Valle 3-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Colombian League.
The Rojiblancos played with ten from minute 63 due to the expulsion of defender Marlon Piedrahita. “The team made a great effort and it is a positive result but we have to leave it behind and recover thinking about the next game,” said one of the figures, forward Miguel Ángel Borja after the match.
Another who will be absent is the former River forward, Teófilo Gutiérrez, who is injured.
RIVER PLATE: Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel, Paulo Díaz, Héctor Martínez, Milton Casco, Enzo Pérez, Agustín Palavecino, Nicolás De la Cruz, Julián Álvarez, Rafael Santos Borré and Federico Girotti. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
JUNIOR: Sebastián Viera, Fabián Viáfara, Willer Ditta, Danny Rosero Valencia, Edwin Velasco, Homer Martínez, Fabián Ángel, John Pajoy, Larry Vásquez, Fredy Hinestroza; and Miguel Borja. DT: Luis Perea.
REFEREE: the Paraguayan Juan Benítez, assisted by his compatriots Eduardo Cardozo and Julio Aranda.
STADIUM: Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, from Buenos Aires.
HOUR: 21.00 local (0.00 GMT on Thursday).