Frustrating Loss at Banfield
It seems that every time River has to play against Banfield in their home turf, the Millonarios end up on the losing end. This past Saturday, River traveled to the southern section of Buenos Aires province looking to add a valuable three points to its name. Unfortunately, River’s defense once again created a poor show against a team who desperately needed a win. Faced with mounting pressure by the fans, Banfield was determined to come out winning in front of their crowd.
I usually like to describe both halves of the match but this game was practically one sided all around. Banfield came out strong in the midfield section and River was practically nonexistent on the pitch. River has the potential to become a better team that what it shows but it seems that the effort is weak. Not only was the defense bad but the forwards were no where to be seen. Santiago Salcedo had three clear chances to score in the first half but he missed these chances to put the Millonarios on top. River’s goalkeeper, Juan Ojeda, cannot be at blame for the loss either as his first line of defense was a disaster.
To top it all of, Banfield’s forward, Nicolas Bertolo, became the star of the match. Not only was this ex-Boca player doing whatever he wanted to do on the pitch but he maneuvered with a lot of style. In one play, he left three River players behind and almost scored. Banfield scored on the 7th and 36th minute of the first half and it could have been more. At the end of the match, Radamel Falcao put River on the scoreboard but it was too late. A well deserved loss for the Millonarios became a reality and no one could argument that fact.
What does Coach Simeone say about this? Well, during the week he changed the starting line up many times during practice. How many times must Simeone changed faces? There are many teams in the league that do not have HALF the talent that we possess and they seem to play as a better group, especially during important games. Why can’t we? On a positive note, Diego Buonanotte is on his way from capturing the gold medal in Beijing and he will have no time to rest as his presence is important in River’s squad. The next match for the Millonarios will be on Sunday, the 31st against San Lorenzo.