(ESPN.com) – River beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Monumental and thus consolidated itself in second place in the League Tournament, with 24 points, two behind the leader Talleres.
This Monday, Lanús could reach the T at the top, when he is measured at home against Newell’s.
Despite the fact that Arsenal came last and with eight games without a win, they made things difficult for the locals, with a very defensive approach that River was only able to break, with a goal against, at 29 of the second half.
True to his style, Marcelo Gallardo surprised with Santiago Simón as right back instead of Alex Vigo; he also opted for Agustín Palavecino for Bruno Zuculini and for Benjamin Rollheiser for Braian Romero.
River dominated the entire game, from start to finish. It gave the sensation that Arsenal came out to play the match as if there were five minutes to go and they were winning 1 to 0. That is, only thinking about defending themselves.
Arguably, Israel Damonte’s bet in the first half went well, as he went to the dressing room 0-0.
Everything was from River. The ball, the control of the game and the situations. But if something can be rescued by Sarandí’s team in the first 45 minutes, it was that he closed the bands well, and forced River to search from outside the area.
That is why the goal plays generated by the Millionaire were all shots from afar. First, Benavídez saved a shot from Julián Alvarez on the line when goalkeeper Medina was beaten.
Then, a free kick from Angileri demanded Medina, who avoided the goal with a good fly by taking the ball to the side.
Rollheiser, trying from outside the area, almost converted, but his shot hit the crossbar. And at the end of the first half again the youth squandered a good chance entering the area and shooting wide.
This is how the first half went, with a River that roamed the goal and was close, although without generating so many chances. Arsenal, barely had a header from Benavídez that Armani contained without problems and a shot from Navas at the hands of 1.
In the complement, the same dynamics of the game followed. Gallardo brought in Matías Suárez (he returned after synovitis) and Braian Romero, but Arsenal defended themselves well and closed the roads.
Until at 29 minutes Angileri overflowed on the left, in one of the few times he was able to do so, he took a poisonous center and Emiliano Méndez, against, broke his own goal for 1 to 0.
There the game was opened for the Millionaire, who was able to increase on several occasions against an opponent who when he had to go out to look for a tie had no ideas to do so.
In this way, without shining, River took the three points he needed to continue fighting well at the top. Now Central Córdoba from Santiago del Estero will come and then the Superclásico, no less than against Boca.