River was determined to take the lead and control the game from the very start. River had a few shots on goal thanks to Santiago Simón and a threatening free kick taken by Nacho Fernández, but clearer opportunities later came about: Andrés Herrera made a good pass that Lucas Beltrán failed to connect; then, Esequiel Barco made a run up the left-hand side, and following a feint, struck a right-footed shot that was saved by Leonardo Rodríguez. The rival keeper also made a great save on a shot from Miguel Borja, from outside the box.
While the Colombian player made another shot on goal, Racing also had a chance to score with a shot from Axel Oyola, which was easily saved by Ezequiel Centurión. River’s keeper was a key figure in preventing Talleres from scoring on a very clear chance, following a quick run up the field and a one-on-one with Franco Coronel. At the end of the first half, following a collective play from right to left, Elías Gómez made a precise pass and Borja tapped the ball into the goal, setting the score at 1-0.
Taking advantage of the momentum, River created several situations at the beginning of the second half: Rodríguez prevented Borja from scoring and Herrera struck a shot that went high; then, the right winger put the keeper to the test. However, Nacho Fernández made an amazing assist to Beltrán, who was left alone and set the score at 2-0 with an incredible shot. River was close to scoring the third goal with a spectacular long-range right-footed shot from Barco, but Rodríguez made a good save on it.
Pablo Solari substituted Beltrán and, on one of the chances he got, he struck a right-footed shot from outside the box, that was saved by Rodríguez. Leandro González Pirez won the header after a corner kick, setting the score at 3-0. On another clear chance, the Colombian no. 9 almost scored with a pirouette in the box.
Thus, River won its debut match in the Argentine Cup and will now play against the winner of the match between Talleres de Córdoba and Chacarita. In the meantime, the team will welcome Godoy Cruz on Sunday, at the Mâs Monumental Stadium, to play a Professional League match.