On another afternoon full of football at the Monumental Stadium, River Plate welcomed Huracan seeking to add more points in the local tournament, without disregarding the important Argentine Cup match against Boca Juniors and the CONMEBOL Libertadores quarterfinals starting on Tuesday, August 11th.
With some changes to the team line up, el Millonario didn’t negotiate its approach and pressed from the very beginning. On the first penetrating run, Milton Casco set up Federico Girotti to score, but the forward failed to control the ball when Marcos Diaz came off his line. Then, the youth player had a very clear chance, off a pass from Benjamin Rollheiser, but was slow to fire the right-footed shot on the edge of the area.
Enzo Fernandez struck a free kick at the rival goal; then, many shots on goal were fired by Jorge Carrascal and Julian Alvarez, and Rollheiser had a clear scoring opportunity, but his left-footed shot off a pass from Girotti went high over the crossbar. Huracan had a shot on goal, off a corner kick clearance, fired by Claudio Yacob on the right side.
River played with equal determination in the second half, even though Huracan made the first penetrating run after a defensive lapse at the back and there was a great timely reaction by David Martinez to block Enrique Triverio. Gallardo’s team responded with a good collective play followed by a crossed shot by Alvarez, and Julian almost scored an Olympic goal, but the shot smashed against the crossbar. However, in a counterattack play, Nicolas Silva scored the first goal for the away team thanks to a low shot.
El Millonario had a chance to even the score thanks to a great run by Alvarez up the right side, but Diaz reacted well by the left post and blocked the shot. On another penetrating run, Braian Romero failed to powerfully head a cross from Casco. Off a long-range free kick, Fabrizio Angileri fired a shot on goal, but Huracan’s keeper made a low save.
River earned the well-deserved tie toward the 80th-minute mark thanks to a perfect header by Romero, off a cross from Angileri. River kept going for the second goal until the last second, but wasn’t able to score and had to settle for a draw. On Wednesday, River will play against Boca Juniors in the Argentine Cup Round of 16 and, at the weekend, it will visit Godoy Cruz.