The Independiente striker latched on to the ball and shook off González Pírez, but found Mammana to block his shot.
Miguel Borja scored the second goal after withstanding Barreto’s weak marking and subtly defending against Rey.
Salomón Rondón replaces De La Cruz and Miguel Borja replaces Lucas Beltrán.
De La Cruz had another chance, after a pass and return with Milton Casco. However, the Uruguayan took it too low and the ball went high.
Enzo Díaz’s precise three-finger cross for Rodrigo Aliendro’s volley, which was blocked by Rey. On the rebound, once again, the millionaire midfielder shot straight into the crossbar.
Before the first minute of the second half, the Uruguayan connected with a cross and the ball went just wide.
El Rojo deploys its fullbacks and brings danger through aerial play. For the moment, they do not bother Franco Armani too much.
River Plate resolved a counterattack in a great way, which ended with a cross shot by Enzo Pérez that Nacho missed by millimeters. Esequiel Barco is the star with his dribbles and changes of pace.
A great pass from Nicolás De La Cruz to Lucas Beltrán, who got behind Barreto and shot wide of the goal. Good chance for El Millo.
Esequiel Barco was once again the hero for Martín Demichelis’ team with a tremendous long-range shot that was impossible for Rodrigo Rey.
El Millonario tries from medium distance, with shots from De La Cruz, but also with spicy crosses to the heart of the area. Independiente cannot control the match and suffers from it.
River pressed for the first goal from the start and moved the ball in search of spaces in the Rojo’s field, who prioritized defensive order in the first minutes.
The match between River and Independiente kicked off at the Monumental Stadium
In a couple of moments we will start with the broadcast of River vs Independientes, duel corresponding to the 13th date of the Argentine first division championship.
Tómas Cardona of Defensa y Justicia is so far the player with the most yellow cards during the tournament with 6 accumulated, followed by Adrián Emmanuel of Instituto, Felipe Sánchez of Gimnasia de la Plata and Tomás Belmonte of Lanus with 5 cards in his account, in third place are the teammates of Defensa y Justicia: Agustín Sant’Anna and Alexis Soto with 4 cards.
At the moment, the leader in assists is Ignacio Malcorra of Rosario Central with 5 assists made, followed in second place by his teammate Alan Rodríguez with 4 assists made, in third place are Brian Aguirre of Newell’s, Gabriel Hauche of Racing, Luciano Boggio of Lanus, Michael Santos of Talleres, Ramón Sosa of Talleres and Rodrigo Garro with 3 assists made.
At the moment, the scorers’ table places Mateo Retegui of Tigre as the leading scorer with 7 goals scored, followed in second place by Nicolás Fernandez of Defensa y Justicia with 6 goals scored, in third place are Matías Rojas of Racing, Michael Santos of Talleres and Pablo Vegetti of Belgrano with 5 goals scored so far this season.
According to several media outlets in Argentina, River Plate is interested in acquiring the services of James Rodriguez in the upcoming summer transfer market. The Colombian is a free agent after leaving Olympiacos, where he was not being an important player and was not comfortable. Given this scenario, the millionaire team has told his agent that it is interested in his incorporation for the second part of the season.
River Plate defeated Newell’s in Rosario in the League Tournament and with those three points, Martín Demichelis became the 2nd coach with the best start in the history of the Millonario. The agonizing victory at the Coloso Marcelo Bielsa made River link 7 consecutive matches winning and without conceding goals in the local tournament, for the first time in the professionalism era. In this way, Demichelis reached the 2nd place in the historical table of the best coaching starts in the institution of Núñez. Taking into account his first 15 matches and if all of them had been for points, he would have scored 36 points, only behind Carlos Peucelle’s 38.
The wait is over in the Argentine League, the ball will start rolling again at the Monumental Stadium with River Plate hosting Independiente at home. Both clubs will be looking for the three points in a duel that will be marked by emotions, actions and, above all, goals. Likewise, both teams arrive with the need to get the three points because on the one hand, River will be looking for a victory to remain at the top of the League and Independiente will be looking for three points to help them continue climbing positions in the overall standings.
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R. Rey; E. Elizalde, J. Laso, S. Barreto; A. Costa, S. F. Ortíz, I. Marcone, L. Gómez; J. Vallejo, M. B. Barcia; M. Cauteruccio.
F. Armani; M. Casco, E. Díaz, J. Maidana, M. Herrera; E. Pérez, R. Aliendro; P. Solari, I. Fernández, J. Paradela; M. Borja.
River Plate and Independiente have faced each other in a total of 85 matches (40 wins for Los Millonarios, 27 draws, 18 wins for River) where the scales are tipped in favor of River Plate. In terms of goals, River holds the advantage with 125 goals, while Independiente has only scored on 76 occasions. Their last meeting dates back to matchday 12 of the 2022 Argentine Super League where River Plate won by the narrowest of margins.
The Independiente team has not had the performance they would have liked so far, as they are in the lower part of the general table in 25th place with only 9 points out of a possible 36, they are also one of the teams that allow the most goals, so they come into this match as underdogs to win.
River Plate has had an excellent performance so far in the championship as they are currently positioned as first in the general table with 10 matches won and only two lost duels, also, in their last 5 duels they have not lost a single time so they come to this match as the favorites to get the three points.
The River Plate vs Independiente match will be played at Estadio Monumental, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The kick-off is scheduled at 19:30 pm ET.