Ponzio's emotion when speaking at his farewell

There are situations that can only occur in a friendly match or as in this case it was Leonardo Ponzio’s farewell. That Enzo Pérez, excellent central midfielder, puts on his gloves and goes to the goal is something unthinkable. Well not so much… The man from Mendoza did it again: just as he became the hero of River that triumphant night in the Monumental against Independiente Santa Fe (2-1), he took advantage of the tribute to the great captain to reissue that cup performance and that was immortalized forever.

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At 13′ of the ST, judge Lunati stopped the game so that Enzo could jump from the bench but not with the 24 on his back that he wears every game with Marcelo Gallardo’s team but with the 23 in tribute to Leo. And not only that: he also did it with his gloves on…

enzo perez tribute river goalkeeper

enzo perez tribute river goalkeeper

Yes, the 36-year-old midfielder entered and went straight to one of the goals, but not before changing Augusto Batalla’s diver. The reason? Simple: the former River goalkeeper and today at CASLA had a green one, similar to the one Enzo Pérez wore that unforgettable night of May 19, 2021 and that is already part of the club’s museum. As if to make the resemblance even greater, of course…

The entire Monumental joined in an ovation for EP24, who minutes later had to run from his arch to the other Monumental. It is that his team had a penalty in favor and then Pérez was in charge of executing it. Of course, this time the one who put on the gloves and stood in front of the ball was… Ponzio! And then yes, the eternal captain was the one who became a hero: he threw himself to his right and covered Enzo’s shot…

When Enzo Pérez saved and made history

That night against Santa Fe, in the Monumental and for the 2019 Libertadores, Enzo not only volunteered to cover the casualties of Armani, Bologna, Lux and the Petroli kid, the four goalkeepers registered on the Cup’s bona fide list : he did it, too, so that the Doll can complete the initial 11. The reason? A wave of Covid-19 infections left River without players, to the point that Gallardo had to appeal to a field player for the goal. And the move went well for him just the same: it was a 2-1 victory and with the addition that EP24 became a legend…

Source: www.ole.com.ar

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