River Plate vs. Atlético-MG – Match Report – August 11, 2021


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River Plate vs. Atlético-MG - Match Report - August 11, 2021

(EFE) – With a goal by Nacho Fernández that complied with the ‘former law’, Atlético Mineiro beat River Plate 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinal, and took a big step towards the semifinals of the tournament.

Atlético Mineiro, who reached this commitment after ratifying his place as leader of Brasileirao, prevailed with authority in Buenos Aires and must ratify this result next week as a local to be among the best four in the continent.

River Plate, meanwhile, which is going through a mini-crisis after being eliminated with Boca Juniors from the Argentine Cup and losing the last day to Godoy Cruz for the domestic competition, must seek to reverse this setback in Belo Horizonte to continue with hopes of achieving its fifth Liberators .

River suffered the absences of Matías Suárez -he entered the second stage- due to injury and Gonzalo Montiel, torn but sold this Wednesday to Spanish Seville.

However, in the 23rd minute the first clear action to open the scoring was for the locals with a furious shot from Fabrizio Angileri that hit the crossbar.

Seven minutes later David Martínez connected a ball stop and a touch prevented the fall of the goal defended by Éverson.

Atlético Mineiro had possession of the ball but could not achieve depth to bring danger to the local goal, until in minute 36 Vargas connected with Matías Zaracho who was not precise in his shot.

In the 43rd minute, River had another chance to go ahead at halftime with an arrival from Julián Álvarez who took a cross shot that demanded the timely intervention of Éverson.

After the break, Atlético Mineiro came out with a different attitude and in just 15 minutes he managed to string together four opportunities to open the scoreboard and, in two of them Armani had to intervene before Eduardo Vargas’ options.

In minute 58 came the only goal of the match with a pass from Nacho Fernández to Zaracho who sent a cross that Hulk connected with his head so that Fernández himself would comply with the ‘ex’s law’ and inflate the net.

Gallardo immediately reacted and sent Matías Suárez to the field of play, but he failed to twist the story.

Even Allan had a chance to increase with a long shot that moved the shelves in Armani’s goal.

In the 84th minute, and at the request of the VAR in a check-up that lasted six minutes, Nacho Fernández saw the red card for a hard tackle against Fabrizio Angileri.

River had two more attacks in search of a tie but Éverson was confident and Atlético Mineiro returns to Belo Horizonte with a key victory for the return leg to be played on August 18 at Mineirao.


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