It was a night of Libertadores Cup very hot. It usually happens at the Monumental stadium in Santiago de Chile, where colo colo it’s local. However, to River her pulse did not tremble. He didn’t shine, but he had personality and grabbed a key victory, which allows him to round off a perfect score and move up the standings.
Anyway, beyond the usual character, this time River also had a referee wink that unlocked the result. Eight minutes to go. The story was parked at zero to zero.
Until Paulo Díaz mercilessly lowered Alexander Oroz on one side. It was a more than obvious fault. As the Venezuelan referee Alexis Herrera did not sanction her and as there is no VAR in this phase of the Libertadores, River recovered. There was born the play that led to Matías Suárez’s goalscoring advance.
After a while, Esequiel Barco took a heavenly right hand from outside the area that traveled to an angle and the victory. Colo Colo was not reached by Juan Lucero’s subsequent header discount.
“In a very close game, the details make the difference. River did not surpass us. He beat us by a terrible arbitration error. It was a foul against Oroz and yellow for Paulo Díaz”, remarked Gustavo Quinteros, DT of the Chilean team. In turn, Marcelo Gallardo pointed to the meaning of the victory: “The players needed a game like this to step strong in the Cup.”
River directs the classification in Group F of the Libertadores. The first two will obtain the passport to the second round. And he is the leader with an ideal score (9). Colo Colo has 6, Fortaleza from Brazil 3 and Alianza Lima from Peru 0. In addition, the “millionaires” will play two of the remaining three games at home.