The first minutes were intense, with both teams equally controlling the ball and few shots on goal. River’s first chances came about thanks to Lucas Beltran: on one of them, the forward collected a long-range pass from Juan Quintero on the right-hand side and struck a cross that was saved by Lautaro Morales; on another one, Milton Casco collected a rebound off a free kick from player No. 10 and sent an on-target cross to the forward, who struck a dangerous header.
River pressed and cornered Newell’s. Pablo Solari made an overlapping run on the right-hand side and struck a left-footed shot that narrowly missed the goal. Nico De La Cruz also took part in the attack and set up Beltran for a goal, but the latter failed to reach the ball. Then, in a matter of three minutes, River was unrelenting: Solari opened the scoring with a shot that deflected off Leonel Vangioni and then crossed a right-footed shot (following a play with Quintero and Palavecino) to score his first brace wearing the River jersey.
At the end of the first half, River was very dynamic and could have even widened the lead with two free kicks: Enzo Perez took the first one, but the rival keeper made a low save on it; Quintero took the second one, almost scoring a left-footed goal, but his powerful shot went just wide of the right post.
The second half had barely started when Quintero lost the ball following a run up the field; nonetheless, No. 10 recovered the ball thanks to a mistake by the keeper and found Beltran, who failed to tap a shot. Newell's got close to scoring with a shot from Ramiro Sordo from outside the box that went over Franco Armani’s goal. Near the 65th minute, the away team reduced the deficit thanks to Pablo Perez, who scored a header following a great save by Armani on a shot from Nazareno Funez.
River kept the same mindset and prevented Newell’s from taking advantage of the momentum. Following a corner kick from the left-hand side, Javier Pinola won the header and set the score at 3-1. Matias Suarez came onto the field and, in a matter of minutes, scored a work of art: Solari recovered the ball and Pinola tapped it to Santiago Simon, who set up Suarez for the fourth goal of the evening.
Gallardo's team added another win, sitting at the upper half of the Professional League chart with 21 points. On Wednesday, River will visit Arsenal in Sarandi, for the next matchday. On Sunday, the team will play at home against Santiago del Estero’s Central Cordoba.