21/05/08RIVER NEWS -ENGLISH-
River and Independiente Tie in AvellanedaIt has been a long ten years since Independiente had not beaten River and this afternoon’s match in Avellaneda would be an excellent chance for the “Red Devils” to break the record. Unfortunately, neither side knew how to score a goal as both gave an interesting, goalless match. Although much was play in both teams, nerves and pressure got the best of both teams and neither team took advantage. Another factor of the match was the presence of River’s Ahumada and Carrizo. Both players gave some controversial interviews during the previous week, of which the majority attacked the fans. Many were offended by what was said and they wanted revenge on both players.
The beginning of the match showed an aggressive Independiente attack on all sides. River’s midfield and defense section were challenged from all sides and Independiente had many chances to score. Carrizo looked lost in his area and he almost got scored on once again by his controversial individual plays. I know that he is an excellent goalkeeper and has a lot of potential but why try to tease and fool the other team’s forwards? Plays like this have caused River to suffer many times. The only player that look liked he had life on the field was Buonanotte. Week after week, he has demonstrated that he has what it takes to lead the team. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough players around him to support his plays. And by the way, every time Ahumada touched the ball; a huge whistle chant came upon him.
The second half showed a completely different River as Ariel Ortega put the team on his shoulders. Although Ariel is the oldest player on the team, he has demonstrated that his experience is a valuable asset in this team. By controlling the midfield and forward areas, Ariel contributed many opportunities to his teammates who happened to be lost all over the place. The clearest moment for a goal came at the hands of Ortega when he was awarded a free kick. The shot barely passed the goal post and the desire to win dropped. As the game ended, the first place spot quickly got a new owner, Estudiantes. From this point on, River MUST WIN all four matches left in the tournament. Sounds doable, absolutely and motivation is key. I’m afraid that River’s reality is going to be the victor in this chapter.