After the victory at Mendoza, Marcelo Gallardo's team wanted to continue with that streak against Velez. It was the local team who generated the first clear situation of the game, after a mid-round of Joaquin Laso that went just over the crossbeam of Franco Armani's goal.
Velez warned again with a dangerous center by Pablo Galdames which Armani managed to control, and then it was River who had his chance: Milton Casco went by the left side and sent a low center that none could connect. In an unattended pass at the background, Javier Pinola committed a penalty that Armani held after covering the shot to Rodrigo Salinas.
Armani once again became a giant in another Salinas opportunity, with a stupendous save down. River was left with two clear chances: first, with a cross and barely deviated shot from Exequiel Palacios and then with a free kick from Nicolás De La Cruz that almost surprised Lucas Hoyos.
In the second half, River had a better start and after a warning from Lucas Pratto, Rafael Borre put the 1-0 with an exquisite definition over the goalkeeper, after a precise pass from De La Cruz. In the next one, Cufré was close to a draw, and "El Millonario" had even more situations with De La Cruz and a Laso's play against his own goal.
Juan Quintero, already in the field and debuting the number 10, almost gets the second free kick. Armani became giant again in front of a clear situation of Nicolás Dominguez. Near the end, Matías Suárez stole a ball at the exit, they charged him with a penalty and the Colombian midfielder exchanged it for a goal. At the discount, Velez discounted with Alvaro Barreal, but was not enough.
River added their second consecutive win and on Sunday, at the Monumental Stadium, they will host Racing.
VÉLEZ SARSFIELD: Lucas Hoyos; Pablo Galdames, Lautaro Gianetti, Joaquín Laso, Braian Cufré; Nicolás Domínguez, Gastón Giménez (C); Agustín Bouzat, Lucas Robertone, Matías Vargas; Rodrigo Salinas. DT: Gabriel Heinze.
Substitutes: Alexander Domínguez, Fabián Cubero, Hernán De La Fuente, Alejo Montero, Álvaro Barreal, Jhonathan Ramis and Leandro Fernández.
Changes: Fernández for Salinas, Ramis for Galdames, Barreal for Bouzat.
RIVER PLATE: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Leonardo Ponzio (C), Exequiel Palacios, Ignacio Fernández; Nicolás De La Cruz; Rafael Borré and Lucas Pratto. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
Substitutes: Germán Lux, Robert Rojas, Camilo Mayada, Bruno Zuculini, Cristian Ferreira, Juan Quintero and Matías Suárez.
Changes: Mayada for Montiel, Quintero for Fernández, Suárez for Pratto.
Goals: Barreal (V); Borré, Quintero (RP).
Admonished: Laso, Galdames (V); Palacios, Suárez (RP).
Expelled: Giménez (V).
Referee: Darío Herrera.
Assistants: Maximiliano Del Yesso and Alejo Castañy.
Fourth referee: Maximiliano Ramírez.