The match got off to a rocky start, with River attacking first: Matias Suarez fired a nice shot following an exquisite assist from Nicolas De La Cruz. Then, el Millonario threatened with a header by player no. 7, off a corner kick, by the near post. Gimnasia ran up the field and evened the score thanks to a header by Luis Rodriguez.
Gallardo’s team went for the lead and was close to taking it with a free kick by De La Cruz, a header by Paulo Diaz, which shaved the crossbar, and another free kick by the Uruguayan midfielder, which narrowly missed Rodrigo Rey’s right goalpost. Gimnasia didn’t really threaten Franco Armani’s goal and had only one run up the right side by Johan Carbonero.
In the second half, the match got tighter and cagier. River became the key figure and was close to scoring the second goal thanks to a shot on goal by Bruno Zuculini, which was saved by Rey; then, Tomas Galvan, who had come onto the field moments earlier, failed to comfortably take a shot off a subtle pass from Diaz. In the next play, el Millonario set up a good collective play and Suarez fired a high shot following an assist from Galvan.
Toward the end of the match, River pressed Gimnasia and went for the goal. Jose Paradela collected a rebound and sent a left-footed shot just wide of Tomas Durso’s left goalpost—Durso had replaced Rey. In the last play of the match, Suarez and Galvan failed to beat the home keeper. With this draw, el Millonario has 11 points. Its next match will be on Thursday, against Aldosivi, at the Monumental Stadium.