The starting minutes of the match were very intense: River was close to scoring with an Olympic shot on goal by Julian Alvarez that was saved by Guido Herrera. However, on the 7th minute, Felipe Peña was sent off with a red card for booting a player. El Millonario was able to get its game together and played against Talleres as equals, even though Michael Santos almost opened the scoring with a deflected shot.
From then onwards, all the chances were for el Millonario: Agustin Palavecino tried with a long-range shot; then, Julian took a shot at the center of the box off a pass from Benjamin Rollheiser, but the rival keeper prevented him from celebrating. On another play, River’s no. 9 took a half turn and fired a shot that went high over Talleres’s crossbar.
Nonetheless, River set the score at 1-0 after setting up a great play: A long pass was made to Santiago Simon, who fired a cross, and Robert Rojas sent the ball into the net, making the fans go wild. Before the end of the first half, Franco Armani prevented Santos from evening the score.
River had a solid start to the second half and was close to scoring its second goal on a counterattacking play, off a long pass from Alvarez to Palavecino, who got in the right position on the left and struck a right-footed shot that went just wide of Herrera’s left goalpost. Talleres responded with a dangerous play at Diego Valoye’s feet, but the forward fired a deflected shot.
On the 70th minute, Julian created a great counterattacking play and set up Braian Romero who got in the right position and struck a low shot, setting the score at 2-0 for el Millonario on an unforgettable night. With Talleres focused on the attack, Alvarez almost scored a goal with a left-footed shot that went just high over the crossbar.
Thanks to this win, River has 39 points and Talleres, the runner-up, sits with 32. On the next matchday, el Millonario will welcome Argentinos Juniors at the Monumental Stadium, on Monday.