27/05/08RIVER NEWS -ENGLISH-
River Stops the "Hurricane"
It seems like it has been awhile since my last post but in reality, only one week has passed by. With the Clausura Tournament being so tight, each win or loss is crucial in obtaining the championship. On a cool, fall afternoon in the Monumental Stadium, River faced Huracan in an important match the practically defined River’s fate in the tournament. Much is always expected of the team, particularly from those who have senior experience in the squad and the match’s result proved this point. On a side note, River came out wearing all purple jerseys with the River logo shining ever so beautiful. Why this color jersey you ask? Well, it turns out that River has used this jersey only three times, apart from this match. It is to commemorate many things, but especially the 107th anniversary of the club.
The first half of the match gave the indication that Huracan was the better-positioned team on the field. Once again River’s defense was flimsy but it was due to the midfield being unorganized. Sebastian Abreu has not been to convincing in the past few matches and his missed chances of scoring have him on the top of the fan’s angry list. It cannot be possible that a player who has dynamic qualities miss so many goals! Another player in the same category is Radamel Falcao. So many missed chances to score always causes the other team score, and Huracan did just that many times on counter attacks but they were not successful either. Towards the end of the half, the fans started to support the team extraordinarily and the requested that “Orteegga, Orteegga” come on the field.
With the encouragement of the fans, Coach Diego Simeone did as requested and put Ortega for the second half. It seemed like magic had engulfed the stadium because River came out a different team. Ortega’s push and talent prompted River to attack and control the ball in many different while keeping Huracan away from Carrizo’s goal area. With Abreu bearing many insults, Coach Simeone replaced him with Mauro Rosales and River’s attack changed dramatically. Ortega took much responsibility from Buonannotte and the youngster was able to move without pressure. So many chances were missed to score and it looked like the game was heading into a tie when ten minutes before the final whistle. Buonannotte scored off a pass from Ortega and ignited everyone’s dream of obtaining the championship once again. With River tied at first place with Estudiantes, not one game can be lost or tied.