Nine days to go. 27 points remain at stake. Even in the Argentine league there is still a long way to go. there it goes Riverwell up, now one point further from the escort San Lorenzo (lost to Barracas Central), with half a dozen points difference over Ciclón. Just tied 2-2 with Velez in Liniers. It should be a scene to smile. However, millionaires lament…
It is that River deserved to win. He created many scoring situations and made the rival goalkeeper, Gastón Gómez, a figure. If he did not capture the victory, it was because he lacked greater efficiency and because Franco Armani made a mistake again, who had failed against Sporting Cristal during the week for the Libertadores and again faltered in the action of the final tie in Vélez.
River came from a draw with a taste of defeat by the Libertadores. He had to reaffirm his candidacy in the local tournament. And he did not hesitate. He came out to impose conditions, to star, this time with two real forwards, with Pablo Solari and Miguel Borja.
River squeezed in the first half the doubts of this youthful Vélez by Ricardo Gareca who arrived beaten by the eight games without victories. And he took advantage with a left-footed shot from Paraguayan Robert Rojas next to a stick. At that point, “Chila” Gómez had already saved Vélez several times.
Vélez matched it with a collective game that Lucas Pratto defined with class, just one of River’s historical heroes in Madrid… But River insisted and went for more. Lucas Beltrán entered and nailed the second goal with a header. It seemed that the millionaires liquidated him. In any case, the boys from Vélez persisted until Francisco Ortega’s violent shot arrived, Armani put his hands wrong and the ball went inside. And River was left lamenting. It is true that now he is a little more leader than in the previous day, but it is also true that he could be more comfortable.
Thus River closed day 18, on a Monday in which there were also four other games: Banfield 2 – Rosario Central 0, Instituto 0 – Estudiantes 0, Colón 2 – Central Córdoba 2 and Huracán 0 – Unión 1.
Now River is the only leader with 41 points. Second, San Lorenzo with 35. Third, Talleres with 34. Then, Estudiantes with 32. Later, Defensa y Justicia and Rosario Central with 30. The distance could be even greater, but it isn’t, and you know why…