The Final Dagger in Tucuman
The downward spiral of the last champion has finally reached its end, with only seven games played so far in the Apertura. River Plate (if you can even relate this glorious name to this awful team) visited Tucuman in northern Argentina to play against the modest San Martin. It turns out that they were not modest after all and single handedly finished the kill on the Millonarios. With a score of 3-1, not only did River manage to lose any chance in winning this championship but also started the worst initial campaign for River since 2003. Not only that, but River lost the game using the beloved “purple” jersey, a total act of disrespect.
The best of River was seen in the first half. As the game started, River looked very promising to its crowd. Domination on the pitch, great passing, and an early goal for the Millonarios scored by Merlo was a great welcoming in Tucuman. At this point, San Martin realized that playing against a great is no easy match. Although River performed badly through out this tournament, the quality of players is scary to any foe. The lead seemed promising and River started to attack more as San Martin left gaps everywhere on the pitch. With a huge crowd accompanying River on this long trek, a partial victory was the sweet reward every fan wanted. Unfortunately, in the 34th minute San Martin tied the game and brought back the reality of the team. As the half ended, questions and concerns became the talk of everybody in the stands.
Halftime ended and both teams made their way onto the pitch. San Martin wanted to win and their determination would later pay off. With important players doing poorly, River had no strategy whatsoever. The defense, led by Facundo Quiroga, maintained a strong position but the lack of support in midfield eventually broke their lines. At the 32nd minute, once again, San Martin takes the lead. Goalkeeper Juan Ojeda did the best he could but it was too late. A few minutes later, the goal that killed the giant became a reality in the 42nd minute of the half.
At this point, I gave up. I never give up on my teams bur this just plainly embarrassed me. I have no idea what’s going on in Diego Simeone’s head. No motivation to win, losing to anybody, and showing poor football seems to be his calls. River’s next match is on Thursday against Defensor Sporting of Uruguay for the Copa Nissan Sudamericana. On a positive note, Sebastian Abreu signed back with River and will play. Take this news as you may, we need MAJOR help at this point.