The new conjunctures of each one gave clues of a superclassic even. Even the protagonists, beyond diplomatic and occasion phrases, highlighted the fairness in the roles. Nevertheless, the differences were very marked even with the discussion of the controversial expulsion of Marcos Rojo. The first conclusion is that River was much, much more than Boca and that the result ended up sweetening a defeat that could be even catastrophic.
And in that reading of what could happen, the hierarchy of protagonists on both sides stood out.. The level of Red put him as a banner and the defender, beyond which it can be evaluated that he should not have been expelled, He came out loaded with excess adrenaline. Or at least it showed that way, choosing to play at the edge of the limit. He had not seen the first yellow that had already yelled badly at the line, as if wanting to show his personality from a position of playing with fire … On the other side, that differential that promised Julián Álvarez fulfilled it by inventing a great goal that broke the parities in which he had played until that delicious hook and that lethal right, with the enormous complicity of Rossi.
Reactions count. Boca put the pride, with a delayed bet on the kids, but did not look for a strategy to turn the story around. He ran out of Plan A very quickly and had no tools to build a Plan B that would make him suffer less. Or he decidedly did not choose to go for the heroic one, fearing a defeat that, equally, he was close to suffering. If you even just used the center’s resource in discount time. The lack of efficiency, Carrascal’s weak game, the stick and Zambrano’s final header disguised the few variants to play in adverse conditions.
In River they recognized that it was even and that is why as soon as they saw the train go by to get away from that parity, They came up with an Álvarez, winning matches and the signs of pressure, associated play, verticality that distinguish Gallardo and company. And teams do not always take advantage of those “details” that change the balance of forces in a match, and thus he was able to transform it into super uneven.