River Defeats Huracan In Second Straight Win
It was an excellent afternoon in Huracan’s home stadium in ‘Parque Patricios’ as River obtained its second straight win of the 2010 Apertura Tournament. With a final score of 1-0, River is now one of the leading teams of the tournament. Ariel Ortega and Matias Almeyda, once again, proved to be the pillars of the squad. The rest of the team showed excellent form on the pitch through both halves. In addition, this match was an emotional one for Coach Angel Cappa as he squared off against his former club. Another victory down, and another step closer to the championship.
Right from the start of the match, River had an fierce grasp of possession. Little did they let go of the ball and seldom did Huracan form a counterattack. With the combination of Ariel Ortega and Diego Buonanotte on the attack, River had multiple instances to score. Finalizing the plays continues to be an issue, but this area has greatly improved from past performances. At the 11th minute of the match, Facundo Affranchino received a center lobby off Funes Mori which resulted in River’s only goal of the match. From that point on, River maintained possession upfield and never let go. Although Huracan tried their best to scare River, the defensive pillar of Matias Almeyda and company held them back.
In the second half, an unfortunate incident affected Ariel Ortega. His playmaking and skills were important factors in River’s strategy, but his temper got the best of him. After landing a bad elbow shot to one of Huracan’s forwards, he was shown the red card and ejected from the match. With one player less on the pitch, River had to change to a defensive formation forcing Huracan to push forward. Some situations were dangerous, but River managed to hold back strong and finish the match with a win. A wonderful first-half display and a dangerous second-half caused River to get off-balance, but experience and focus created a positive outcome.