Chivas Create Havoc in Nuñez
It’s hard to come up with a basic sentence when describing River. One can say that River has become the laughing stock of any competition. It really hurts me to say this right at the beginning of the article but it’s a sad reality that many fans have to confront. With approximately 16,000 fans in the Monumental Stadium supporting the club, the lowest of the year, River was defeated by Chivas of Guadalajara, Mexico in the Copa Nissan Sudamericana.
I’m going to be honest with you. I watched the first half up until the last minute when Chivas scored the first goal. At this point, I was fed up and my blood pressure was through the roof. I could only imagine what the fans in Buenos Aires were feeling as they watched the Millonarios lose. What got my attention the most was the constant battering by the fans. Once again, the fans won the match while the players did not. Many songs were dedicated in calling for Ariel Ortega and blaming the players for the loss. Oddly enough, no songs were for Diego Simeone but he received an earful of screams and abuse from the stands.
Through out the first half, River kept on attacking Chivas. Targeting headers, River began to show a different side that the previous match and hope began to sound strong. Sebastian Abreu missed an awful lot of chances to score and it was obvious that Chivas’s goalkeeper was the man of the match. Chivas only reached Ojeda’s goal area twice, if not three times. At the last minute, Chivas’s Arellano scored as he kicked the ball past Ojeda off a rebound. As I mentioned earlier, it was at this point that I shut off my TV and went outside for some fresh air. Criticize me all you want, but I am fed up like a lot of you are.
I glimpsed a few minutes of the second half and River looked even worse. After fifteen minutes of rest, River still couldn’t get their act together? Once again, my luck seems to always be against me because as soon I switched the game on again, Chivas scored the second goal. This was the final push of the dagger in my heart and hearing the crowd’s reaction was even worse. Luckily, River was able to pull one back off a penalty scored by Sebastian Abreu. As the match ended, I began to think about next year. It is possible to beat Chivas in Mexico but it will be very difficult. Diego Simeone and a lot of players play their future in Mexico in about two weeks and if River fails again, there’s going to be a lot of changes. Finally, something positive.