River Plate can add its first local championship under the command of Marcelo Gallardo against Racing Club, a rival that the Millionaire has managed to overcome during this successful cycle that began in 2014.
However, the Doll Millionaire had a hard time finding his way around the Academy. In their first duel, on November 23, 2014, they fell 1-0 in Avellaneda, in what was almost a final in the fight for the First Division title, which would finally be left by the team led by Diego Milito.
In 2015, they drew 0-0 and the 2017 local tournament match, Racing won 3-2 at the Monumental, but it would be the last time.
Since then, the domain was all of Gallardo’s team: for the 2017/18 Super League, a 2-0 victory with goals from Borré and Palacios.
For the Superliga 2017/18 local victory 2-0 with a goal from a free kick by Juanfer Quintero and another against Alejandro Donatti.
And the closest memories of Gallardo against Racing are, perhaps, the happiest for the Millionaire World.
In the historic CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup in 2018, River met the Academy in the round of 16. It was 0-0 in the first leg in the Cylinder, and In defining the series, he left no doubts: 3-0 with goals from Pratto, Palacios and Borré.
In 2019, there were two games for the domestic competition, with a 2-0 millionaire in the Monumental and a humiliating 6-1 in Avellaneda, with a double by Borré, and annotations by Matías Suárez, Nacho Fernández, Nicolás de la Cruz and Nacho Scocco.
The most encouraging antecedent for Gallardo is perhaps the only one where there was a title at stake: it was on March 4, 2021, for the Argentine Super Cup, in which, with sheer forcefulness, River crushed Racing with a 5-0 in Santiago del Estero with so many from Santos Borré, Álvarez, De la Cruz, Miranda -against his fence- and Matías Suárez.
The last time River and Racing saw each other, the negative streak of the Academy was extended, since, although they drew a 0-0 draw in Nuñez, He reached six years without being able to beat him.
This Thursday, one point, for River and Gallardo would be enough to be crowned Argentine soccer champion for the first time.