River claims 1-0 win against Patronato Marcelo Gallardo’s team won in Parana, thanks to a goal from Miguel Borja and a penalty saved by Franco Armani in the first half.

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River took center stage right from the start and started to threaten with on-target shots on goal from Juan Fernando Quintero, both on set pieces and through passes to his teammates. Pablo Solari also took part in the attack and had one of the clearest scoring chances, making a feint on the left-hand side and sending a right-footed shot toward the near post. The home team tried to threaten River with corner kicks and Carlos Quintana’s shots upfield.

At the end of the first half, Justo Giani almost scored an own goal off a great free kick taken by Quintero, but his shot smashed the crossbar. On another good combination play set up by River, Agustin Palavecino’s shot went high. In the last play of the first half, following a VAR-reviewed penalty, Franco Armani made an incredible save on a shot from Giani by his right post.

In the second half, River set up its first attacking play on the left-hand side, with a long cross from Milton Casco that Solari failed to volley. The home team responded with a right-footed shot from Marcelo Estigarribia, but Armani made a very good save on it, as well as on a shot from Jonathan Herrera. River took the lead thanks to Quintero’s brilliance and a great shot from Miguel Borja, who set the score at 1-0 against Parana.

Using the same formula, River almost scored the second goal; unfortunately this time, Borja failed to beat Facundo Altamirano when he came off his line, following a feint similar to the one preceding the goal. River was in control of the match, with things going relatively smooth for the team, and could have widened the lead with scoring chances at the feet of Matias Suarez and Jose Paradela. Thanks to this win, River now has 41 points. On Wednesday, the team will welcome Platense at the Mâs Monumental stadium for Matchday 25 of the championship.