River draws against Independiente Marcelo Gallardo’s team started at a disadvantage, but raised its level in the second half, evening the score with a goal by Romero, and could have won the match.

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After River made a penetrating run, with a through pass from Nicolas De La Cruz to Jorge Carrascal, Independiente started controlling the ball on its side and reaching River’s goal, even though it failed to threaten it.

De La Cruz struck a right-footed shot from the right side, but it went high. Then, the team from Avellaneda scored the first goal, thanks to a collective play and a low shot by Bustos. River wasn’t able to gain ground and take the lead. It threatened Independiente’s goal with some set pieces and a shot taken by Braian Romero at the edge of the box that went high.

River went into the second half with a different mindset and stood firm on the rival side of the field. Although the team found it difficult to set up attacking plays, De La Cruz took a couple of shots from outside the box: a shot when the ball was in play and a free kick that went just wide of Sebastian Sosa’s left corner. On another occasion, Romero failed to accurately strike off an overlapping run by Alex Vigo.

When River was at its best, it evened the score: Carrascal set up a good play on the left side, feinted his way into the box, and tapped a cross so that Romero could score directly off it. El Millonario kept trying to score while pressing Independiente, and De La Cruz kept taking medium-range shots.

This draw leaves River two spots away from the top with 18 points. The team will now play against Newell’s on Wednesday, September 15th, in Rosario.

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