River Plate vs.  Defense and Justice - Party Report - December 5, 2021

(ESPN.com) – River fell from home to Defense and Justice 3 to 2, in a great game, and thus lost an unbeaten 18 games without defeats, with 14 draws and four victories.

The local, on the 24th date of the Professional League, went out with everything to play the first 45 minutes, as if it had not been champion two dates ago and as if it depended on this match to consecrate itself.

And he did not give Defense a break, a team that usually goes on the attack and that also seeks to pressure and make the rival wrong.

But River was much superior in all sectors of the court, winning in the midfield, taking advantage of the spaces, and playing River-Gallardo style, under pure pressure.

Thus, after a perfect center from Casco from the right, Enzo Fernández complied with the former’s law for the initial 1 to 0 after 10 minutes of play.

And there were several more chances to widen the gap in that first half: Unsain first blocked the goal from Romero after a great shot, and then with a slap he saved the goal again when Julián Alvarez arrived.

At 23 minutes, there was a special moment: the whole stadium stood up to pay tribute to Leo Ponzio, who with his 23rd jacket, precisely, was on the bench at the farewell to his professional football people (later he entered, at the 29 of the complement, by Zuculini).

The Falcon, despite being outmatched, had a very clear chance that Armani covered after a weak shot from Pizzini entering only in front of the goal. And another about the end of the first half that almost did not end in a goal, after a rejection just over the line from Rojas.

In the complement, everything was different. The goals and the definition of the match arrived. River no longer had the same intensity, gave more spaces and lost the ball. And Defense made the most of his chances.

At 17 came equality, after a pass from Soto to Rotondi on the left and the center that left Bou alone for 1 to 1.

The game was entertaining and back and forth, but Defense seemed more complete. Unsain saved River’s goal against Romero, and immediately a great run from Pizzini left Merentiel alone for the 2 to 1, at 26 minutes.

But River immediately reached the tie, after a shot from Palavecino that found only Romero at the penalty spot, for the former defender to score 2-2.

At the end, came the triumph of the Falcon: a ball that bounced off a River player ended in an unexpected qualification for Paredes to put the 3-2 final.

Defense showed that the hand of Sebastián Beccacece is a team to take into account, playing as equals and reaching third place in the standings, in an excellent campaign.

River lost undefeated but has much to celebrate, awaiting Gallardo’s decision on his continuity, one more year, at the head of the squad.