Boca Defeats River Once Again
“Roman plus 9”. That is the headline that has been haunting me for the past few days and it is an unfortunate reality that plagued River Plate on Sunday. With a single goal by Boca’s Viatri in the start of the second half, the “Superclasico” was lost for the second time in a row to the most hated club. It is very unfortunate that River lost to Boca, let alone in the Monumental Stadium, but to be in last place is the most frustrating point for every fan. To add insult to injury, Juan Roman Riquelme made River look like a second class team.
There is no leadership in River and it can be felt dramatically on the pitch. This time last year, Ariel Ortega became Boca’s nightmare as he dominated their players on the pitch. The team seemed to function better as a team and the positive result showed up in the scoreboard. Unfortunately, this was not the case on Sunday. With Ariel’s exit, there has been an unstable atmosphere in the squad. Every player seems to be playing however they want to play and teamwork is no where to be found. Another factor that should be taken into consideration is that Boca played with 10 players throughout the second half as Hugo Ibarra was sent off. With having an extra player on the pitch, River still couldn’t beat a struggling team like Boca. This brought me back flashbacks of the last Copa Libertadores match against San Lorenzo. Can it be that River can’t turn a result into a positive outcome when so many factors favor River?! The answer is yes.
Boca dominated the pitch on the first half but it was River that created more chances to score. Let’s analyze that for a moment. If Boca was clearly in possession of the ball during the whole first half, how come River created more chances to score than they did? It’s simple. When River counter attacks, it is a dangerous team but if there is nobody to score than it is useless. River’s forwards are garbage. Plain and simple. Santiago Salcedo has only scored once during this season and he has disappeared into the abyss once again. Radamel Falcao came back from injury so he can’t much to blame but he could have put a little more effort. Diego Buonanotte did his best but obviously his presence is not there.
Next in line is the defense. I read an interesting article today detailing an argument between our goalkeeper, Juan Ojeda, and defenseman Eduardo Tuzzio. Ladies and gentlemen, if the goalkeeper and his guards are not getting along, what hope does that bring? To finalize my rant, River has started its worse campaign in the club’s history. That says a lot and it sure does not motivate us, the fans, to cheer on the team. River’s next game is with Chivas of Mexico in Buenos Aires for the Copa Nissan Sudamericana. This is will be a very important match that will greatly affect the future of many individuals in the team, including Diego Simeone.