Racing started better in the first minutes and caused danger in River Plate’s goal through shots from outside the area and cross centers: first, Lisandro López had a bad header going through the second goalpost and then tried from outside, but found Franco Armani’s solid answer, who was starting to become a figure in the first half.
River had two consecutive opportunities: Juan Quintero received on the right, fooled and kicked a left shot, but it was deflected. Minutes later, Javier Pinola won in the area after a corner kick and struck a cross header that went near Juan Musso’s left goalpost. In the last clear chance of the first half, Armani flew spectacularly to expel a shot from Matías Zaracho.
In the second half, Racing had the first opportunity in a clear one-to-one from Lautaro Martínez (in subtle offside position), but Armani put pressure on him and the forward could not score. In the following, Pity Martínez did not kick a good left shot after a pass from Ignacio Scocco and Musso took a good header away from Pratto on his right corner.
Racing had two consecutive at Neri Cardozo’s feet (deflected) and at Zaracho’s, with another spectacular intervention from Armani in a close-range shot. Pratto tried again from far and then Saracchi shot going into the area through the left, but the shot was controlled by Musso.
Rafael Borré, who had just gone in, took advantage of the first chance he had: great pass from Exequiel Palacios and good definition of the Colombian leaving the goalkeeper behind for the 1-0. El Millonario defined it with a counterattack: good assistance from Pity Martínez and Palacios had the opportunity to shout his goal to stamp the 2-0 and give the victory to Gallardo’s team.
RACING CLUB: Juan Musso; Renzo Saravia, Leonardo Sigali, Alejandro Donatti, Alexis Soto; Diego González, Nery Domínguez, Neri Cardozo, Matías Zaracho; Lautaro Martínez and Lisandro López (Captain). Coach: Eduardo Coudet.
Substitutes: Javier García, Miguel Barbieri, Marcelo Meli, Martín Ojeda, Augusto Solari, Brian Mansilla and Enrique Triverio.
Substitutions: Barbieri for Donatti, Ojeda for Zaracho, Mansilla for Domínguez.
RIVER PLATE: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Jonatan Maidana, Javier Pinola, Marcelo Saracchi; Leonardo Ponzio (Captain), Ignacio Fernández, Juan Quintero, Gonzalo Martínez; Ignacio Scocco and Lucas Pratto. Coach: Marcelo Gallardo.
Substitutes: Germán Lux, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Milton Casco, Bruno Zuculini, Exequiel Palacios, Camilo Mayada and Rafael Borré.
Substitutions: Palacios for Quintero, Borré for Pratto, Mayada for Scocco.
Goals: Borré, Palacios (RP).
Booked: Zaracho, Saravia, Domínguez, Sigali, Cardozo (RC); Pinola, Fernández, Quintero, Montiel, Borré (RP).
Referee: Patricio Loustau.
Assistant referees: Cristian Navarro and Sergio Viola.
Fourth Official: Fernando Espinoza.