River and Racing Tie in Nuñez
It was an emotional game in the Monumental Stadium. River Plate and Racing Club played an exciting match in front of a large crowd, despite the heavy rain that was falling upon their heads. This match was very important for both squads, although the fight to win the tournament was long gone. It is considered a classic when they play each other, and for a very long time River has been the side to win most of the encounters. This River squad plays very differently from the one in the Copa Sudamericana. It’s not that the quality of players seems to decline until the league, but one can see that the mentality is focused more on the Copa than in the tournament.
As the match commenced, new faces appeared in the starting line up. Santiago Salcedo made his debut, the teen Diego Barrado was in the defense, Martin Galmarini finally played a match, and Mauro Rosales was given his well deserved spot. Along with the rest of the players, River was prepared to take on the Academy. Well, it looked like they were prepared but once again errors became the focus of the team. To start it off, at the 12th minute, Fernando Quiroga scored one of the most beautiful “own goals” I have ever seen. It was an unfortunate, perfect bicycle kick past Juan Ojeda. Luckily, River tied the match as Salcedo scored off a header making his first official goal with the club. With both teams struggling to maintain possession, one little man appeared to take the center stage and it was not Buonanotte. Racing’s Maxi Morales became an important figure and assisted the play in which Racing took the lead off a header three minutes before the match. It was starting to look scary for the Millonarios.
At the end of the break (which is taking longer than fifteen minutes these days), both River and Racing promised more goals. River relied heavily on Racing’s errors and counter attacked numerous times but failing to deliver. It just so happens that Diego Buonanotte calmed some nerves as he tied the match in the 17th minute. He regained his title as hero but was quickly dethroned. Racing Club was determined to strike back and they sure enough did, four minutes later. If we stop to analyze what was going on, we can see that River could not hold a lead or a tie! It’s ridiculous, especially from Racing who face relegation for over a year. With Racing in the lead and no hope coming from the team, a loss was starting to become a reality. Remember Facundo Quiroga, who scored the most beautiful “own goal”? Well, he redeemed his mistake and tied the match of another header. For the remainder of the match, River stood their grounds and almost won the match of a poor shot by Salcedo, who could have won himself major points if he would have succeeded. With the final score at 3-3, the Millonarios lost another opportunity to please the fans that support them, in good times and bad times.