River Defeats Tigre in Home Opener
It was an exciting afternoon at the Monumental Stadium this afternoon as River initiated their journey into the 2010 Apertura Tournament with a victory over Tigre. Before the start of the match, an explosive stadium welcomed the ‘Millonarios’ back home. 60,000+ fans chanted songs of support for River creating an excellent atmosphere for the players to take advantage of. Tigre, on the other hand, came with the mentality to take three points from the match and ruin River’s festivity.
Coach Angel Cappa had everything in his favor to have a dominant team on the field. Pressure got the best of him and the players a few minutes into the match as Tigre took possession quite rapidly. Although they had only a few chances to score, they quickly emphasized that it was not going to be an easy match. Coach Cappa opted for River youngster, Manuel Lanzini, to control any attacks on the left side of the pitch but his inexperience proved to much for him. Tigre used strong counter attacks towards River, but they could not finish any plays except for one which hit the post.
The second half was much better for River. Coach Cappa analyzed the situation, and quickly made readjustments in the midfield. Facundo Affranchino replaced Lanzini, and River was able to control Tigre from moving up the pitch. Ariel Ortega, along with Diego Buonanotte, made their presence equally known in front of Tigre’s defense. Slowly, they generated situations of goal which ended in shots above the bar or passed the sidebars. The pressure of River’s forwards was intense, especially with the motivation from the home crowd. At the 46th minute of the patch, off a break-away from Ariel Ortega, River scored the only the goal of the match off a header by Rogelio Funes Mori. Infuriating Tigre’s head coach was great, but screaming the goal was the highlight of the afternoon. A minute later, River could have scored another goal but the shot was just shy off the left post. An important three points was accomplished today; important points to acquire the 34th championship.