Agonizing win in Avellaneda On a new Professional League matchday, River Plate beat Independiente 1-0 thanks to a goal from Matias Suarez toward the end of the match.

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El Millonario made the first dangerous, but very clear, move: following a long corner kick from the left-hand side, the ball got to Pablo Solari, who struck a low right-footed shot that was saved by Milton Alvarez. The home team counterattacked with a clear scoring chance: Leandro Benegas got comfortable and struck a shot that went just wide of Franco Armani’s right post.

River was more in control of the ball, but found it hard to get up the field. Independiente created some threatening plays that were well saved by Armani (a shot from Leandro Fernandez and a header from Benegas), while Gallardo's team threatened Independiente’s goal with a few shots from Rodrigo Aliendro off a good collective play, a pirouette by Paulo Diaz, and a right-footed shot from Agustin Palavecino (just wide of the left corner).

As in the first half, River had a clear scoring chance: a good cross from Lucas Beltran to Solari, who was alone facing the goal but failed to score. Esequiel Barco collected a rebound but missed the goal. In a controversial play, after Sergio Barreto pushed Miguel Borja aside with a slap, the referee decided not to award River a penalty following VAR review. Off that corner kick, Emanuel Mammana glanced the ball into the near post, but Alvarez made a low save on his shot.

River kept dominating the match, Solari dribbled his way up and Bruno Zuculini culminated the play with a right-footed shot that went wide. Near the end, Matias Suarez threatened Independiente’s goal when he glanced the ball coming from the left-hand side. In the last play, following a shot from Zuculini, Suarez collected the rebound and uncomfortably struck a shot, setting the score at 1-0 and sealing River's win.