With an unprecedented formation, River visited Sarmiento with the aim of claiming all three points again. At the beginning of the match, Julian Chicco took a free kick from outside the box, but his shot was well saved by Enrique Bologna. Then, el Millonario had a chance to score off a play on the left side: Jorge Carrascal tapped a pass to Milton Casco, but his cross fell short. In the next play, the home team took the lead thanks to a goal scored by Gabriel Alanis.
Gallardo’s team went for the draw and almost scored thanks to a long-range shot by Enzo Fernandez that smashed against Manuel Vicentini’s right post. Sarmiento was close to scoring the second goal, but Bologna made a low dive to block Sergio Quiroga’s crossed right-footed shot. Toward the end, River evened the score thanks to a goal by Carrascal: Casco set up a great play and the Colombian no. 10 struck a powerful shot. Before the end, Casco ran up the left side and fired a cross which failed to reach Braian Romero in the heart of the box.
There was no clear dominator throughout the first minutes of the second half. Sarmiento didn’t threaten River’s goal and River attempted to run up the field. In one of those plays, the ball got to Romero, who ran up the right side, but his crossed shot didn’t threaten Vicentini’s goal. On another penetrating run, Carrascal dominated in the rival half and dribbled his way toward the box, striking a right-footed shot that went high.
River went for the second goal and was close to scoring it in a play with a twofold risk: First, the referee failed to notice a clear foul on Romero and, then, Vicentini saved a header by Federico Girotti. Toward the end, right after stoppage time had started, Enzo Perez collected a rebound and sealed an important victory to keep River at the top. Next Sunday, River will welcome Independiente at the Monumental Stadium on Matchday 10.