In an even beginning, both teams were touching the middle of the field, but were finding it difficult to get close to the goals. El Millionario’s first threat was born out of a defensive mistake by Sebastián Moyano, who wasn’t able to adjust the ball and had trouble when coming off his line. Unión responded, but Franco Armani was paying attention to come off his line and block with his feet.
Nicolás De La Cruz fired a center pass towards the heart of the area, but Matiás Suárez couldn’t reach it. The home team had a clear opportunity at the feet of Ezequiel Bonifacio, but his right-footed crossed shot was saved by attentive Armani. Nacho Fernández and Rafael Borré worked together and the midfielder’s shot found the rival goalkeeper in the right place.
Gallardo moved the bench and sent Juan Quintero onto the field, who immediately took control of the match and had the courage to fire two shots from outside the area. However, the clearest opportunity was at De La Cruz’s feet: the Uruguayan player wasted an excellent situation in front of the goal, after a great assist by Nacho.
Unión scored an early goal at the beginning of the second half, product of a header by Bou out of a free kick. Nonetheless, River didn’t give up and made an attempt with a high free-kick by Quintero. The draw came quickly: Suárez was assisted by the Colombian player no. 10 and fired a very precise center shot which Nacho Fernández headed and turned into a goal.
The home team felt the blow and River took advantage of it. After a venomous shot by Quintero in a corner kick, Robert Rojas lunged forward in the small box and scored River’s well-deserved second goal. Unión had two clear opportunities and Gallardo’s team stood firm, sought to counter-attack and controlled the match until the end to finally get three very important points.
Next matchday, River will welcome Banfield at the Monumental Stadium.