The first half in La Plata was tight and intense. None of the two teams stood out and the ball changed possession in a very dynamic way. In spite of this, River had the clearest scoring opportunity: Julian Alvarez set up a great play on the left side, including a feint, and found Braian Romero, but the forward failed to strike the ball after Agustin Rossi deflected it. Bruno Zuculini fired a high shot off the rebound.
A few minutes into the second half, el Millonario had another clear chance: Jose Paradela made a good move and passed the ball to Romero, who fired a left-footed shot that bounced on the rival defense. The rebound found the feet of Zuculini once again, but he took a shot that went straight to where Agustin Rossi was standing.
River kept trying and, in another attacking combination play, it almost opened the scoring thanks to a crossed shot by Paradela that went just wide of Rossi’s left goalpost. After a few minutes of friction in the midfield, Nicolas De La Cruz created a good opportunity by means of long-range shot that went high over the rival goal. Romero had another chance after a clearance error by Boca, but his right-footed shot went just high over the crossbar.
In the penalty shootout, Boca won by 4-1. The scorers for Boca were Rojo, Ramirez, Pavon, and Izquierdoz; while David Martinez was the only one who scored for River. Alvarez and Romero missed the penalty. On Saturday, before playing the CONMEBOL Libertadores quarterfinals against Atletico Mineiro, el Millonario will visit Godoy Cruz in Mendoza