River and another huge step back: historic fall with Sarmiento

River and another huge step back: historic fall with Sarmiento

Gallardo has already said it several times: this River model 2022 is irregular. He will be able to win two games in a row and show signs of a recovery, but a defeat will quickly come with a weak general level that pulls the above down and does not allow him to add. This is how it happened this Sunday against Sarmiento, on a night in which he played poorly again and almost did not create dangerous situations for a rival who did his business: he built a wall of nine players ahead of the goalkeeper and made the most of the few cons he had and the ball stopped, always with the complicity of the local’s defensive errors.

This is how it has been happening in the tournament: after 11 dates, he is 10 points behind the leader… River was so weak at a collective level that even those who had been showing above-average performance were infected and fell. Neither Aliendro, nor Palavecino, nor Simón nor Beltrán could rescue the team from a defeat that was not in the plans. Not even Borja, the great figure against Aldosivi, in his first time as a starter and doing the much-requested duo with Vikingo by the fans: he was static and hardly participated in the match.

The other individualities went down even more: David Martínez had another night to forget (very far from his 2021 version), with very specific failures in defense (he is responsible for Sarmiento’s first goal, since Mainero converts behind his back) and in the delivery of the ball, failing more than hitting the partner; and Elías Gómez did not weigh with imprecise centers and erroneous decisions in some cons.

While on one side things did not work out, on the other they worked perfectly. Damonte was cunning and made it very difficult for River with the five midfielders, which made the game slow and centralized. If the ball passed, the defenders were a wall off which all hope of Gallardo’s team bounced. But the plan did not die there: when they saw the space, the ligeritos accompanied a lonely Lisandro López and took advantage of the defensive neglect of the premises. They were not many, but they were effective: this is how Martínez enabled Mainero for the first goal and the corner that led to the second.

Misses up, misses down… A lethal combo for a Gallardo who was restless and worried. Even Armani was wrong! A plugged-in Juanfer Quintero must have entered and eager to give a little color to a pale team: from his left foot came the little football that River generated, with hitches and filtered passes that came out (such as his assist to Mammana) and no, but always eager to ask for it and take charge.

Did not reach. It’s not enough, actually. River, the team with the millions invested, continues without finding regularity this year and is increasingly moving away from the great goal that remains. Without the LPF Cup, quickly out of the Libertadores and 10 points behind the leader in this championship: the biggest, far from everything…

The videos of Sarmiento’s triumph

Source: www.ole.com.ar

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