At the beginning of the match, it took both teams some minutes to become established and Atlético Tucumán had the first opportunity, by means of a shot by Javier Toledo in front of the goal which was saved by Franco Armani. River responded with a quick move after a corner kick which almost set the score 1-0.
From then onwards, River got hold of the match and deserved to open the score. Exequiel Palacios found it difficult to head a good personal assist by Rafael Borré. Then, after a move by Lucas Pratto, Fabrizio Angileri went alone to the right and shot a centred shot to the back which almost doesn’t reach Nacho Fernández. Palacios tried again with a right-footed crossed shot from outside the area.
In another good collective action, also on the left side, Nacho Fernández was not able to kick comfortably and Borré was close to catch Cristian Lucchetti’s rebound. Despite River’s superiority in the game, the local team scored two consecutive goals: first, David Barbona scored a crossed shot and then Toledo scored a header in the goal area.
In spite of this disadvantage, River kept on trying and made threatening moves, even though it was not precise in the last assist. Anyway, Gallardo’s team deserved finishing the first hald with at least one goal scored.
El Millonario was equally determined in the second half and didn’t let the local go beyond the half-way line. Robert Rojas was presented with the first opportunity, after catching a rebound and kicking a deflected ball. Atlético Tucumán got close by means of a shot by Rodrigo Aliendro, which was blocked by Armani. Then, Lucas Pratto attempted a shot from the outside but Lucchetti saved it.
The clearest opportunity arrived at Palacio’s feet, who after an attacking move found himself in front of the goal, but his shot was cleared off the line by Franco Sbuttoni. In the second attempt, the local scored the third goal thanks to Toledo. Thus, River must hammer Atlético in the second leg, next Tuesday at the Monumental Stadium.