Another Draw with San Lorenzo
It was a very heated game between River Plate and San Lorenzo on Sunday afternoon and the dull 0-0 result couldn’t have been a better witness. What seemed to be a tremendous game turned out to be tremendous boredom. Both teams wanted to continue what was left from that dreadful night back in May when the “Cuervos” eliminated River from the Copa Libertadores. River needed a win to help to be at the top of the standings while San Lorenzo wanted to prove themselves once again on the pitch.
Right from the start, River and San Lorenzo came out at all ends against each other. It seems that they forgot that a football pitch was on the field and not a wresting ring. Pushing and shoving seemed to be the strategy for the players while the coaches screamed from the top of their lungs to gain some control. For River, all that was expected from Diego Buonanotte was left in Beijing. The gold-medal winner was not given any time off and went straight to practice, an act that some found brave because of the time change. He did create some chances but his performance was weak. River had a chance to score at the 30th minute off a corner but San Lorenzo’s defense was quick to clear the ball. As the first half ended, the struggle to score was clearly demonstrated.
The second half of the match could have been a fresh start for the match but it seemed that the players wanted more of the same from the first half. Although they kept at it, it seemed that River was more alert. The “Millonarios” were quick to attack and started to gain more control but San Lorenzo was quick to cut the bolt of energy. Because of this, both teams relied heavily on counterattacks. They created nice pushes up the pitch, respectively, but the game quickly slowed down once again. The fouls between both teams became harsh and at one point, River had five yellow cards to its name. Nonetheless, San Lorenzo did a good job of emulating this behavior and had two players ejected from the game. The highlight of the match happened a minute before the game ended when San Lorenzo’s Sebastian Mendez harshly kicked Radamel Falcao, a “revenge” for his injury caused by Falcao in May. Unfortunately, this was the last emotion the game had and it finalized a 0-0 draw for both sides.
These games always make me wonder why River, with so much talent, can’t score. It is not that the players are not ready or that there is a bad coach, so there has to be something more. Things better change because the Apertura will be getting tougher and the Copa Sudamericana is right around the corner.