Atlético-MG vs. River Plate – Game Report – August 18, 2021

Atlético-MG vs.  River Plate - Game Report - August 18, 2021

(EFE) – River Plate was left out. He suffered another fall against Atlético Mineiro, with the presence of Brazilian fans in his stadium, this time in Belo Horizonte 3-0 in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. Thus, the homeowner advanced to the semifinals of the continental tournament, where he will meet another Brazilian, Palmeiras.

The Argentine Matías Zaracho, twice, and the scorer Hulk signed the resounding victory of the Brazilian soccer sensation team.

The match was the first played before his public since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Among the 16,000 fans (30% of the capacity) who went to the Mineirao stadium was the Spanish-Brazilian striker Diego Costa, a new signing from the Belo Horizonte club and who accompanied the team from the rostrum.

Mineiro, current leader of the Brazilian League, will meet in the semifinals against his compatriot Palmeiras, who defends the Libertadores title and on Tuesday beat Sao Paulo (3-0) in the first leg in the quarterfinals. final.

El Galo, who had beaten his rival in the first leg in Buenos Aires 0-1, came out with all his strength from the beginning despite the advantage on the global scoreboard and in the first minutes the Chilean Eduardo Vargas demanded the visiting goalkeeper Franco Armani and smashed a shot off the crossbar.

Then it was Zaracho who had the opportunity and the visit responded with Matías Suárez, twice, and Julián Álvarez, but the host goalkeeper Éverson was successful in the 3 attacks by River.

The first goal came in the 21st minute, in a previous play by the Hulk, and capitalized by Zaracho, and the second at 33 minutes after the Venezuelan Jéfferson Savarino took advantage of a serve from goalkeeper Éverson and enabled Hulk, who had no mercy in front of to Armani.

Before going to rest of the first half, Álvarez and David Martínez tried to discount for the Argentine team.

The start of the second half once again featured Vargas, but Armani drowned out the shout of goal from the fans. The answer came with Suárez and the recently admitted Uruguayan Nicolás De la Cruz, who gave Éverson a job again.

But, shortly after losing an incredible goal, in the 60th minute, Zaracho extended with a header after a combination between Guga and Savarino.

Despite the adverse score, those led by coach Marcelo Gallardo did not lower their guard and Brian Romero, former player of the Brazilian Athletico Paranaense; Álvarez, De la Cruz, Federico Girotti and the Colombian Jorge Carrascal insistently sought, but without success, the discount.

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