River Finished Strong Against Banfield
Still celebrating from obtaining the championship two weeks ago, River Plate travelled to Banfield in the southern section of Buenos Aires to finish the final round of the tournament. Although nothing was in play, this match was important for the majority of River’s squad as many players were playing their final match with the team. From the likes of Abreu, Carrizo, Falcao, Nasuti, Domingo, and others, River had to finish the tournament strong for the team and for the fans.
The first half of the match gave Banfield the best playing time that they have had in a very long time. It turns out that Banfield’s long time player, Cvitanich, was playing the last match of his career and what an illustrious afternoon he had by scoring two goals in Carrizo’s net. The River fans were focused on the match, as always, and began to give tremendous support from the stands. The first half ended and the score was still 0-2 for River but the determination to win the match was alive in Coach Simeone’s mind.
When the second half commenced, River began to show a new style of football and began dominating on the pitch. At the 25th minute, Radamel Falcao scored the first goal for River and the afternoon seemed to turn on the positive side for the Millonarios. With this goal on the board, River began to push forward more aggressively and thirteen minutes later tied the match thanks to Abelairas. With the match tied at 2-2, the festivities to celebrate the championship at the Obelisco were starting off a good start. Suddenly at the 42nd minute, Radamel Falcao scored the winning goal of a few deflections inside the goal area and ended a tremendous season for River.
The 2008 Clausura championship ended on a strong note for River. Credible for Boca Juniors, and disastrous for one of Argentina’s famous clubs, Racing Club, who have to play a final leg to stay in the top division. What awaits River in the final half of the year? Besides playing the 2008 Apertura Championship, River will be involved in the 2008 Copa Nissan Sudamericana which is equivalent to Europe’s UEFA Cup.