It Gets Worse and Worse
First off, I want to apologize to all the readers of “La Pagina Millonaria in English” for not posting River’s previous match with Newell’s Old Boys. I encountered a few personal problems that had to be dealt with and luckily everything was resolved. In case you’re wondering, River tied with Newell’s with a score of 1-1 and it took the “reserve’ team to finally score in a match. Unfortunately, River had another negative result once again. The only River that doesn’t lose is its fans the continuously support the team in every match.
Playing in Lanus, River needed to accumulate a victory to help leap from the depths of the standings. Not having a win in over ten matches, Diego Simeone and his group have been greatly criticized. Even Diego Buonanotte, who became River’s hero a few months, has been under great pressure for not living up to his standards. With the game pending in Mexico against Chivas for the Copa Nissan Sudamericana, the majority of River’s starting line up was not in Argentina. The “reserve” team did the best they could do to defend River’s colors but their inexperience and bad luck got the best of them.
Lanus was able to freely move around River’s side of the pitch with ease. This action was confirmed in the 5th minute of the first half when Diego Lagos put Lanus in the lead. After the goal, the atmosphere around Diego Simeone was intense. As he watched his team slowly be dominated on the pitch, his frustration got higher. River could not find a break against Lanus. Even though these young players played a bit better than the starting line up, the same tactics were used. I’m convinced more and more that Diego Simeone is solely responsible for the worst River in the team’s history.
If you thought that the second half was better, think again. River came out worse and it seemed that the fifteen minute break did the team no good. At the 8th minute of the second half, Lanus’s Maximiliano Velazquez scored the second goal and all but confirmed another loss for River. This confirmed the eleventh loss in a row for the Millonarios and the downward spiral has no end. The game against Chivas next Thursday will be key for the continuation of many players. At this rate, a loss seems to be the most logical result but if River can turn it around, it would be a great lift for both the team and the fans.