Lives River getting hurt He makes mistakes in decisive plays and ends up suffering games that he clearly dominates. That is why the panorama of him in the Libertadores Cup It gets complicated, to such an extent that they finished last in Group D and now they must win the two remaining games to qualify for the round of 16, against the powerful Fluminense and against The Strongest.
In this case, River wasted a great opportunity in Lima, against Sporting Cristal. The millionaires came out knowing that they needed a victory to oxygenate their cupbearer stage. However, they were not able to make the most of the various situations that they generated, they gave themselves once again in defense and ended up stuck in that 1-1 that is of little use to them.
Averaging the second half, Franco Armani wanted to clear with his foot, but he did it wrong and towards the middle, right towards where Yoshimar Yotún was, who took advantage of the gift and put Sporting Cristal ahead.
River went on the attack. Miguel Borja was already in the field, to add a second striker. And there was a VAR-penalty for a foul committed against Nacho Fernández, which also led to the expulsion of local defender Rafael Lutiger. Borja took charge of the execution, the same Colombian who had resolved in a similar situation no less than the last Superclásico. However, this time goalkeeper Renato Solís guessed and deflected the shot.
With one more man, River insisted and found the tie with a resolution by Rodrigo Aliendro. However, on a counterattack, the Peruvian team was able to win it, with a shot from Joao Grimaldi that Armani brushed slightly and hit a post. It would have been too much punishment for millionaires.
Domain and occasions, but without prize
“We did everything to win it,” Demichelis said. And it’s partly true: 63% possession, 20 shots on target against 6 for Sporting Cristal, 7 corner kicks for against 1 from the rival… River deserved the victory. Of course, there is also another truth: he made too many specific errors. That is why he was also close to losing it.
Group D shows Fluminense with 9 points, The Strongest with 6, Sporting Cristal third with 4 (-3 goal difference) and last River with 4 (-4 goal difference). On Wednesday, June 7, against Fluminense and on Tuesday, June 27, against The Strongest, the millionaires will play the qualification. They must win those two duels that remain in the Monumental. A group stage elimination would be a merciless dagger in the post-Marcelo Gallardo era. He would put the Martín Demichelis cycle in check. It would be a brutal blow.