(ESPN.com) – River and Independiente tied 1 to 1 at the Monumental, for date 10 of the Professional Football League.
In an intense and highly contested classic, the tie was fair. But the point did not allow them to rise to the top of the tournament.
If Red won, he would be alone at the top, while if the Millionaire won he would share the first place with Talleres and Lanús (20).
Now Independiente is guard with 19 points, while River follows him with 18.
The two sought the triumph, and there was a time for each. In the first half, when he managed to get ahead, Red was better.
Pressing River at the start, without letting him play, with a good job from Roa and So Señora handling the ball and Lucas Romero in the recovery, the local was overcome.
Although there were no surpluses, Independiente was more in that first half, and went ahead. At 28 minutes, a good team move ended in a center by Roa for Bustos, who stopped the ball and defined before the departure of Bologna for the 1-0.
This is how the first half went, with a superior Independiente who, however, with the passing of the minutes, was giving the initiative to the rival.
In the second half that trend at the end of the first half was accentuated. Independiente began to defend far behind, and River began to dominate the actions almost exclusively.
He did it from a good job by Enzo Pérez and Nicolás De la Cruz and with the skill of Jorge Carrascal.
Precisely, after a good individual play by the Colombian and a cross to the area for Romero to connect against the Insaurralde brand, he arrived 1 to 1, after 20 minutes of play.
There was still a lot ahead and it seemed that if River maintained the intensity it was going to take the victory. But little by little he was losing control of the game and Independiente returned to recover the ball and disturb Bologna.
Already at the end of the game, a cross to the Millionaire area was rejected by Bologna and the miracle ball was not connected by a rival player; on that same play, Asís shot close, just above the crossbar.
A minute earlier, Enzo Pérez had it from the edge of the area with a good shot that passed near Sosa’s left post.
The truth is that the tie liked the game. River, with many absences due to injuries and called up to national teams, showed that he can maintain the essence of the game proposed by his DT.
El Rojo, despite the limitations of a short squad and the players he was losing in the last half, knows what he plays with Falcioni.
Ultimately, the two are running to fight for the championship.