River turns match around to beat Gimnasia in La Plata Martín Demichelis’ team secured a great 2-1 win thanks to goals from Paulo Díaz (off a shot from Colidio) and a spectacular right-footed shot from Salomón Rondón. River is now the sole leader of Group A.

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Within the opening minute, River made their first approach with a well-executed collective play, including a backheel from Esequiel Barco and resulting in a cross from the right by Santiago Simón that was saved by Tomás Durso. However, the home team capitalized on a chance with Cristian Tarragona's goal, following an excellent save by Franco Armani on a shot by Matías Abaldo.

While not outplayed, River found it challenging to be as dynamic as in previous matches. Nonetheless, the team took control and posed a threat to Gimnasia with strong performances from Rodrigo Aliendro and an appearance by Enzo Díaz on the left. Meanwhile, Armani made another good save on a long-range attempt by Eric Ramírez, and River had the last opportunity of the first half, with a long-range left-footed shot by Paulo Díaz.

At the beginning of the second half, the home team threatened with a solid shot from Pablo De Blasis, but Armani made a low save on his left post. With several changes to the team, River kept looking for a goal and had a chance through Manuel Lanzini, but his shot went wide. The 1-1 equalizer was finally scored after a series of rebounds in the box, following a header by Salomón Rondón and an appearance by Paulo.

A few minutes later, Barco elegantly set up Rondón with a delicate tap, and the Venezuelan unleashed a phenomenal right-footed shot that found its way into the top right corner past Durso. River’s third goal could have been scored in a one-on-one situation, but Pablo Solari failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Thus, Demichelis’ team secured a very important win and remains as the sole leader of Group A, with 23 points. River’s next match will be on Friday at the Mâs Monumental stadium, against Huracán.