Atletico Mineiro got off to a better start, putting Franco Armani to the test. River’s keeper reacted well to block a right-footed shot by Eduardo Vargas and a shot by Matias Zaracho. The Chilean forward was also close to scoring by firing a header that was slightly deflected. Nevertheless, el Millonario got on a better footing and began to attack.
In River’s first attack, Matias Suarez fired a header off a cross from Fabrizio Angileri. Then, player no. 7 assisted Braian Romero, who wasn’t able to shoot comfortably. River’s last attack was also set up by Suarez, whose shot from outside the box was saved by Everson. River was having its best moment when the home team set the score at 1-0 thanks to a goal by Zaracho.
Gallardo’s team could have evened the score when Julian Alvarez was one on one with the keeper, but his shot was blocked. Mineiro dealt another blow when River was going through a good moment: Hulk ran on his own and fired a shot that went over Armani, scoring the second goal. At the end of the first half, David Martinez was close to reducing the deficit with a crossed header.
Mineiro threatened River's goal in the initial minutes of the second half, but Armani reacted well to a shot by Vargas. Suarez tried again from outside the box with a right-footed shot that failed to threaten Mineiro’s goal. The home team was close to widening the lead with a sprint by Hulk and a high shot by Zaracho, while facing the goal.
Near the 60th minute, the home team sealed the series with a header goal by Zaracho off a cross from Savarino. Thus, el Millonario wasn’t able to qualify for another CONMEBOL Libertadores semifinal round. Meanwhile, River’s next local tournament match will be on Sunday, against Gimnasia y Esgrima, in La Plata.