River has three open fronts: the Copa Libertadores, the crossing with Boca for the Argentine Cup and the local championship. For the Cup he will play on Wednesday 11 at home and on Wednesday 18 against visitors against Atletico Mineiro; He will play with Boca next Wednesday in La Plata; and for the entrecasa tournament after Hurricane it will be measured with Godoy Cruz and Vélez.

These days the local championship is the one with the least emergencies, and that is why Marcelo Gallardo arranged for this occasion a mixed team of starters and substitutes, thinking of Boca. Suárez did not play because he is injured (it is difficult to get there), but Enzo Pérez did not enter either. From the cross, Angileri and Brian Romero They didn’t start out as headlines, but came in within 20 minutes of the second half when the potatoes were starting to get too hot.

They played two different River. Sixty-five minutes one and 25 minutes the other. The first, that of Rollheiser, Girotti and Enzo Fernández accompanying Zucculini, Carrascal and Julián Alvarez, from the middle upwards he played very well up to three quarters of the court, but he did not have creativity or precision nor power to break a rival who put together a very solid defensive trench. The crosses of Merolla, the most expeditious in the background and the safe hands of Marcos Diaz They were insurmountable obstacles, and that is why in the first half he left without emotions, without a single head-to-head, without any play of real danger.

The first River respected the idea of play one or two touches, to circulate, to occupy the spaces, to put pressure on all sides, but he was fragile in the isolated attempts of the rival; the second, with the changes, improved the overall picture.

In the complement, a lot more moved, everything happened. Maidana, replacement for Paulo Díaz, injured, he almost gave a goal to Huracán and a while later Armani gave the stick to Silva and the visitors had an advantage, when no one expected it. It was a counter very well managed by Silva himself, Candia and Triverio who found River’s defense a bad stop. The first key to understanding how River reached the tie is in the changes; the second on Ibáñez’s plate, and the third on Romero’s efficient head.

The defensive shelving of the Patricios, which was already beginning to wobble under the weight of the pressure of the renewed River, cracked when Ibáñez he was naively thrown and with more spaces came the great center of Angileri that Romero headed in solitude to the network. There was still more than ten minutes left, and River hammered in search of a victory that would have rewarded his greatest offensive vocation.

In any case, the modest Huracán’s approach, aware of its limitations and the quality of the rival, is also he had won some prize. That is why the draw was good for a game that was very boring in the first period, and heraised a lot in the second.

The immediate concerns that may have been left to Gallardo the idea that without the headlines everything is more complicated they are not so serious, if you compare that with the performance of Boca against Workshops.


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