The beginning of the match was very even and it had almost no goal situations. The teams played in the middle of the field, and both studied each other. After a few approximations from Independiente Santa Fe towards Franco Armani’s goal, River generated opportunities to open the score.
First, Lucas Pratto was not able to reach a pass by Gonzalo Martínez, and then Pity tried from the outside with a corner shot, but he could not aim properly. Rodrigo Mora shot a free kick, but Róbinson Zapata blocked it near his left post.
The last two attempts were for El Millonario: Enzo Pérez came forward through the right and kicked it to the center of the goal, but the rival goalkeeper and a defender took charge and deflected the ball. Javier Pinola had a chance with a good kick from far, but it barely passed above Santa Fe’s crossbar.
During the second half, Marcelo Gallardo determined that Ignacio Scocco and Juan Quintero would play. The Colombian player came in fast, he created a good individual play and set up Pratto, who did its own, but the ball bounced on a defender. In the following play, Martínez took advantage of a fast throw-in and, with the rival goalkeeper half way, kicked a chip shot, but it passed very near the goal.
Quintero shot a free kick on the edge of the field, and Zapata read his intentions. He flew to his left post and blocked the Colombian’s kick. Then, Armani became a giant against William Tesillo. The goalkeeper stretched to his left instinctively and avoided a goal against his team.
The last opportunity was at Quintero’s feet, who had the ball in front of the Santa Fe’s goal, but he kicked it with imprecision. Thus, El Millonario kept two points in Group D, while Flamingo is the leader with four. Santa Fe also has two points, and Emelec, River’s next rival, has only one.
RIVER PLATE: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Jonatan Maidana, Javier Pinola, Marcelo Saracchi; Enzo Pérez, Leonardo Ponzio (C), Ignacio Fernández, Gonzalo Martínez; Rodrigo Mora and Lucas Pratto. COACH: Marcelo Gallardo.
Substitutes: Enrique Bologna, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Exequiel Palacios, Juan Quintero, Ignacio Scocco and Rafael Borré.
Substitutions: Quintero for Fernández, Scocco for Mora, Palacios for Pérez.
INDEPENDIENTE SANTA FE: Róbinson Zapata; Victor Girardo, Javier López, José Moya, William Tesillo (C); Carlos Arboleda, Yeison Gordillo, Baldomero Perlaza, Jhon Pajoy Plata; Wilson Morelo and Anderson Plata. COACH: Gregorio Pérez.
Substitutes: Miguel Solís, Carlos Henao, Sebastián Salazar, Almir Soto, Jonathan Herrera, Rubén Bentancourt and Brayan Fernández.
Substitutions: Soto for Giraldo, Salazar for Pajoy, Fernández for Plata.
Booked: Maidana, Pinola (RP); Giraldo, López, Moya, Soto (SF).
Referee: Julio Bascuñán (Chile).
Assistant Referees: Carlos Astroza and Christian Schiemann (Chile).
Fourth Official: César Deischler (Chile).