While there were no dangerous plays in the early minutes, River began to press Instituto and thus created its chances: Salomón Rondón made a good play on the left and sent a cross to Nico De La Cruz, but the Uruguayan couldn't guide his header on target. In another play, following a collective move, Milton Casco unleashed a shot towards the near post, but Manuel Roffo responded well with a save. River had another clear opportunity, with a header from Paulo Díaz following a precise cross from De La Cruz.
River continued creating opportunities and had a very clear chance at the feet of Rondón, following an exquisite pass from Nacho Fernández. De La Cruz tested Roffo with a shot from outside the box, and River’s No. 11 almost scored with a diving header, following a well-executed header assist from Rondón. Before the end of the first half, Casco was involved in another key play but was obstructed before he could strike with his left foot. Meanwhile, the rival only posed a threat with a shot from Damián Puebla, saved by Franco Armani, and a counterattack that was thwarted by River’s defense.
About five minutes into the second half, De La Cruz set up Nacho with a subtle pass, but the midfielder’s right-footed shot was saved low by Roffo. Following a corner kick and a series of rebounds, Instituto had a clear chance to open the scoring, but Adrián Martínez missed the target with a left-footed volley, being face to face with Armani. River responded with a shot from Esequiel Barco from outside the box, which deflected onto the home crossbar.
Armani stood tall on two occasions: first, against a clear header from Brahian Cuello, and then against a shot from Gabriel Graciani. Agustín Palavecino received the ball from Barco on the left and tried to slot it in with his right foot, but lacked precision. With this result, River has qualified for the quarterfinals of the PFL Cup and now awaits its opponent, which will be confirmed once the matchday is concluded.