River won at home and gave the first step El Millonario achieved an important triumph 1-0 against Lanús in the Monumental Stadium, with a goal scored by Scocco, in the first match of the semifinal of the Copa Libertadores.

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River began with more presence at the beginning of the match, with short and precise passes and preventing Lanús from having control of the ball. However, el Millonario found it hard to create dangerous plays. The first one arrived through a shift from Gonzalo Montiel on the right and a pass over the line that ended in Esteban Andrada’s hands.

Then, after a center by Marcelo Saracchi from the left, Ignacio Scocco shot first off and the ball went to the rival goalkeeper’s hands. Lanús answered with Lautaro Acosta’s play and Montiel’s timely closing when the forward was getting ready to shot at Germán Lux’s goal.

Before the end of the first half, Gonzalo Martínez kicked a diverted shot and then Scocco received the ball at the door of the area, turned round and gave a right kick that went low and found the hands of Lanús’ goalkeeper.

In the second half, River made its superiority even more clear and the rival practically had no opportunity during the 45 minutes. The first dangerous one was at Scocco’s feet. He feinted and and his shot was blocked by a rival defense. Then, Javier Pinola kicked an amazing shot that struck in Andrada’s right goalpost.

Near the end, the explosion occurred and el Millonario got its well-deserved lead: Nicolás De La Cruz passed it to Martínez, who shot from outside, Andrada made it rebound and Nacho Scocco, more alert than the all the rest, moved quickly and scored 1-0, to make that shout be felt all throughout the Monumental.

River had the control and the victory was never at risk. Now, with this lead, it will go in search of the final of the Copa next Tuesday in Lanús’ stadium. Before, it will visit Talleres in Córdoba, this Saturday, for a new round of the Superliga.


RIVER PLATE: Germán Lux; Gonzalo Montiel, Jonatan Maidana, Javier Pinola, Marcelo Saracchi; Enzo Pérez, Leonardo Ponzio (Captain), Ariel Rojas, Ignacio Fernández, Gonzalo Martínez; Ignacio Scocco. Coach: Marcelo Gallardo.
Substitutes: Augusto Batalla, Alexander Barboza, Milton Casco, Iván Rossi, Carlos Auzqui, Nicolás De La Cruz and Rafael Borré.
Substitutions: De La Cruz for Fernández, Auzqui for Rojas, Casco for Saracchi.

LANÚS: Esteban Andrade; José Gómez, Rolando García Guerreño, Diego Braghieri, Maximiliano Velázquez (Captain); Román Martínez, Iván Marcone, Nicolás Pasquini, Alejandro Silva; José Sand and Lautaro Acosta. Coach: Jorge Almirón.
Substitutes: Fernando Monetti, Santiago Zurbriggen, Marcelo Herrera, Leandro Maciel, Nicolás Aguirre, Matías Rojas and Marcelino Moreno.
Substitutions: Aguirre for Velázquez, Rojas for Silva.

Goal: Scocco (RP).
Booked: Pinola (RP); Velázquez (L).

Referee: Wiltom Sampaio (Brazil).
Assistant referees: Bruno Boschilia and Kleber Lucio Gil (Brazil).
Fourth Official: Anderson Daronco (Brazil).
VAR: Sandro Ricci (Brazil).
AVAR: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador).
VAR 2: Christian Lescano (Ecuador).