To close the stage with a victory, River Plate arrived at the Libertadores de América stadium to welcome Godoy Cruz. In the first threatening play, Bruno Zuculini took advantage of a pass from Fabrizio Angileri and scored the first goal for el Millionario. Then, when the away team responded, Enrique Bologna was ready to stop the ball with his feet.
Martín Ojeda was close to evening the score with a left-footed shot that deflected and, then, River almost set the score at 2-0 with a ball caught on the line. Bologna, one of the main figures of the first half, appeared again to block Tomás Badaloni first and, then, to pull off a great save after a one-on-one encounter with Valentín Burgoa.
Zuculini almost scored the second goal, after a center pass from Lucas Pratto, and then the forward couldn’t comfortably head an off-target free kick. In the last part, after a good recovery by Angileri and a pass from Jorge Carrascal, Julián Álvarez caught the ball and set the score at 2-0 with a shot that entered the goal despite Nelson Ibáñez’s resistance.
At the beginning of the second half, after River dominated the rival field and had some approaches to mark its territory, Godoy Cruz reduced the deficit when Badaloni scored a header. Bologna responded again to a one-on-one encounter with Sebastián Lomonaco: the goalkeeper managed to deflect the ball when the forward fired a high shot.
In the away team’s best moment, River was the one that scored: after a major defensive error, Pratto captured the ball, put the goalkeeper in an offside position with a touch, and scored into an empty net, setting the final 3-1 score. Lucas Beltrán almost celebrated a goal, with a right-footed shot that went high over the crossbar.
River controlled the match until the end and claimed victory again. As group leader with 15 points, as a result of five wins, Gallardo’s team will wait for the Cup’s next stage’s draw, which will take place on Monday night.