One way or another, River Y Racing impose their stamp on Argentine football these days. They do it in the League Cup. The millionaires celebrate by beating him 4-2 Argentine Juniors a game as changeable as it is emotional. Academics cement themselves as the only undefeated team in the championship by capturing a 1-0 victory against Platense on time and with a penalty detected by the VAR. Both of them set a trend in Group A.
It was a game party that was enjoyed at the Monumental. River, before 10 minutes, was already winning 2-0 with a definition by Matías Suárez full of class and with a missile from outside by Enzo Fernández. It seemed that it would be an exhibition of Marcelo Gallardo’s team.
However, this Argentinos of Gabriel Milito did not give up. He reacted by proposing, searching. He discounted before the end of the first half with a header from Gabriel Avalos and tied it at the start of the second with a resolution from Lucas Villalba.
Gallardo himself recognized it: “When they tied us, they could have also beaten us.” It’s true. Argentines, until 20 minutes into the second half, dominated the ball and spaces. And he rushed River with various arrivals. The clearest was a hand in hand that Franco Armani covered Ávalos with his face.
Argentinos bothered River to the extreme, but he forgave him. He didn’t take the third hit. And the millionaires, with the individual hierarchy they hold, suddenly shook the crossbar with a shot from Enzo Fernández (he rounded off an enormous production) and there they just found a penalty that marked a break in every way.
It is that in that minute 20 of the second half, not only Juanfer Quintero stamped the 3-2 executing with precision. Argentinos were also left with one man less because the foul was committed by Miguel Torrén committing a hand sanctioned with a red card. Nothing was the same anymore. Moreover, with a very deep projection on the right, Andrés Herrera drew the final 4-2.
Before that immense game built in the Monumental, near there, in Vicente López, Racing had beaten Platense. This time Fernando Gago’s team did not convince at all with their game. The 95th minute was already played and the story was heading from zero to zero. But an attempt by Enzo Copetti deflected off Kevin Andrade and went to the corner. The VAR warned that the Platense defender had taken it out with his hand. And Edwin Cardona squeezed his sublime punch to sentence the victory.
The other two games on Sunday showed the potential of a Estudiantes team in great form, which thrashed Central Córdoba in Santiago del Estero 5-0 with a hat trick from Mauro Boselli and shouts from Leandro Díaz and Gonzalo Del Prete. Meanwhile, Banfield traveled to Paraná and beat Patronato 1-0 with a goal from the promising Giuliano Galoppo. Date 9 will close this Monday with two games: Huracán – Barracas Central and Lanús – Aldosivi.
Racing is the only undefeated player in the tournament (6 wins and 3 draws) and is the leader of Group A with 21 units. River follows with 19. While Defense and Justice and Union add 17. In turn, in Group B, with maximum authority, Students lead with 18 points. He is followed by Tigre and Boca with 16. Later, Aldosivi and Colón have 13. Five chapters remain. The top four in each zone will meet in the playoffs. Today one of those crosses would be nothing less than the Superclásico.