River played very vertically from the beginning and had a very clear chance at the feet of Braian Romero: After Matias Suarez set him up on the right, Romero fired a low shot and the keeper Lucas Hoyos blocked it with his body. El Millonario continued dominating the game, even though it found it difficult to make clear penetrating runs into Velez’s box.
The opposing team also created situations. First, Agustin Bouzat fired a shot from outside the box, which went just wide of Franco Armani’s left goalpost; then, Thiago Almada fired a crossed shot off a long-range clearance from the back, failing to threaten Armani’s goal.
In the fiftieth minute, Francisco Ortega committed a foul on Milton Casco, granting River a penalty kick, which was excellently taken by Enzo Fernandez, who set the score at 1-0 at the Monumental Stadium. Right after that, Casco made a great pass to Romero, whose crossed shot was deflected just wide of Hoyos’s right post.
This move was repeated in another penetrating run: Casco sent a cross to Romero, who won the header, but Hoyos was able to save the shot. River was in control of the game and had no defense issues; toward the end, Romero was able to celebrate his goal off a crossed left-footed shot. Thus, el Millonario has come back to a winning streak and improved its standing in the local tournament.
River’s next match will be on Wednesday, against Atletico Mineiro, for the second leg of the CONMEBOL Libertadores quarterfinals, in Brazil. The team’s goal will be to overturn the 0-1 first-leg deficit. Meanwhile, it will play against Gimnasia y Esgrima in La Plata, for the local tournament title.