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In football, plans can change in the blink of an eye and River experienced it firsthand. That goal annulled Matías Suárez at the request of the VAR, still choking, disrupted the semester for Marcelo Gallardo’s team, whose main goal was the Copa Libertadores and now you must change the chip, and urgently.

Or rather, from this Sunday when he receives Godoy Cruz for the Professional League, the new goal along with the Argentine Cup. And it will be a test of character for the cast of Núñez, that after the eliminations by CL suffered in the cycle it cost him horrors to accommodate himself in the domestic tournament. The numbers are eloquent…

It has not been easy for River to turn the page when the cupbearer’s dream ended early: read, in decisive instances and that they did not let him reach the final. And although in the MG era he managed to lift the trophy twice (in 2015 and in the eternal final in 2018) and caressed the 2019 title (lost in the very final vs. Flamengo), The path to CARP was cut short on four other occasions and in none of those post-golpazo did he manage to win the next match of the local tournament, with a superclassic defeat included in the combo.

The crossing with Boca in question occurred in 2017, after another elimination that featured VAR… Yes, it was in the semifinal of said Libertadores when Lanús managed to keep the series after that controversial 4-2 (the first leg, 1-0 for River in the Monumental) and five days later Gallardo’s team had to face a Super in the Monumental, by date No. 8 of the Super League. Result? A painful 2-1 defeat that left the Millionaire in the middle of the table and Boca escaping at the top, taking 12 points…

That, for instance, could have been CL’s most complex post-elimination fall, although not the only one. In fact, a year before, when the CARP came out in the 8th. at the hands of Independiente del Valle in the 2016 edition, for the domestic championship he had to visit San Lorenzo and suffered another 1-2 fall.

Closest in time, after being eliminated in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores 2020 in the historic clash with Palmeiras (0-3 in Núñez and 2-0 in San Pablo), River had a stopover before playing for the domestic tournament. He had to play for Copa Argentina against Defensores de Pronunciamiento, whom he thrashed 4-0. Although when it was his turn to play for the points in the league, he hit a blow again: 1-2 loss against Estudiantes, as a visitor.

And the fourth test post cup exit? It happened last year, after Atlético Mineiro put an end to the dream of the third Libertadores of the cycle in that 0-1 and 0-3 in 4th. And it turns out that immediately had to be measured against Gimnasia (LP), in the Forest, and it was a 1-1 draw, although with a very low football flight…

In other words, of the four times he played in a local tournament already outside the CL, he barely got one point out of a possible 12 in the local league. Tonight against Tomba will be the fifth, and both Gallardo and the fans hope that it will serve to quickly forget what happened against Vélez and the VAR.

River’s probable 11 against Godoy Cruz

Franco Armani; Emanuel Mammana, Paulo Díaz, David Martínez, Elías Gómez; Enzo Pérez or Bruno Zuculini; José Paradela, Agustín Palavecino, Nicolás de la Cruz; Braian Romero/Boat and Boat or Beltrán. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.


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