RIVER WINS THE DERBY AGAINST BOCA! Martín Demichelis’ team played a fantastic match, was vastly superior to its rival, and secured a well-deserved 2-0 win, with goals from Salomón Rondón and Enzo Díaz.

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River started much better positioned on the field and took the lead, with good combination plays on both wings and opportunities from set pieces. Andrés Herrera had the first chance, and then Nico De La Cruz set up Salomón Rondón, but the Venezuelan couldn't get into a comfortable position to shoot. In one of the few opportunities Boca had, Franco Armani quickly came out to block Darío Benedetto in a one-on-one. From then onward, River was in control of the first half.

Esequiel Barco slipped up the left side and took a shot across goal that went wide; then, Leandro González Pirez couldn't capitalize on a series of rebounds from a corner kick. The score was set at 1-0 with a shot from Enzo Pérez that deflected off Rondón to unsettle Sergio Romero. Before the end, Manuel Lanzini came very close to scoring the second goal, but the home keeper saved his left-footed shot.

At the start of the second half, Boca applied more pressure, had a couple of chances, and Paulo Díaz was very solid in a key clearance. River regained possession in the attack, Barco lined up his shot and placed it: the ball took a bounce in front of Romero and nearly sneaked in after his weak reaction. River linked up again, Rondón slipped upfield but couldn't slot a precise left-footed shot past the local defense's charge.

Toward the end, and despite a few attempts by Boca, River maintained solid defense and pushed for the second goal, which eventually materialized following a one-on-one situation with Facundo Colidio, culminating in Enzo Díaz's goal. Thus, River secured both derby wins against Boca and positioned itself well in Group A of the Professional Football League Cup.