Final tournamentMonday, March 3, 2014
River finally shows what the coach wants
Takes a deserved 1-0 victory over San Lorenzo in derby
Teófilo Gutiérrez scored in River Plate’s 1-0 victory over San Lorenzo to cut a run of two straight defeats. Ramón Díaz’s side deserved the three points and could have extended the lead in many opportunities.
River Plate, with determination and two straight defeats, returned to victory yesterday when it defeated defending champion San Lorenzo 1-0 in a derby at the Monumental stadium in Núñez.
The result gave some relief to the poor soccer present of the team coached by Ramón Díaz and the fans left the stadium thrilled for getting the three points.
The winning goal was scored by Teófilo Gutiérrez in the 20th minute. The Colombian striker, who had been replaced at halftime in the River’s 3-1 defeat against Colón for his poor performance, was one of the best players yesterday. He managed to create many scoring chances and was almost unstoppable for the San Lorenzo defenders.
The host was focused on the match since the kick-off, with a solid midfield led by Cristian “el Lobo” (the wolf) Ledesma and Ariel Rojas. They both cut many of the opponents’ attacks and then passed the ball to Carlos Carbonero on the right or Leonel Vangioni on the left.
In defence, young midfielder Augusto Solari played as a right-back as Emmanuel Mammana felt sick. Díaz also counted on central defenders Jonatan Maidana and Éder Álvarez Balanta, who both returned after missing the last game.
Meanwhile, San Lorenzo, which came from four straight victories including the Final Tournament and the Libertadores Cup, could not manage River’s pressure and had a terrible first half.
The visitors improved when playmaker Leandro Romagnoli replaced Juan Mercier in the 54th minute, but it failed to find the equalizer.
Things got worse for Edgardo Bauza’s team in the 84th, when Néstor Ortigoza was sent off with a straight red card after the defensive midfielder hardly fouled Juan Carlos Menseguez.
Although River missed many chances to extend the lead, it was by far the best performance the team had had in the championship.
“With this attitude and commitment it will be difficult to lose,” said Vangioni. “In River you have to show something every match. Today (yesterday) we showed that we can play well.”
After the match, Colombians Gutiérrez and Balanta left the stadium in an ambulance and went to the airport. They had to catch a plane to Barcelona to join their teammates of the national team before their friendly against Tunisia.
Díaz’s team was: Marcelo Barovero; Solari, Maidana, Balanta, Vangioni; Carbonero, Ledesma, Rojas; Manuel Lanzini; Teófilo Gutié-rrez and Fernando Cavenaghi.
San Lorenzo played with: Sebastián Torrico; Julio Buffarini, Carlos Valdés, Santiago Gentiletti, Walter Kannemann; Ortigoza, Mercier; Enzo Kalinski, Ignacio Piatti, Ángel Correa; Nicolás Blandi.
Earlier, Lanús suffered a shocking 2-0 defeat against ten-man Olimpo, which escaped from the relegation zone, at the Roberto Carminatti stadium in Bahía Blanca.
The goals were scored by Iván Furios, in the 83rd minute, and José Valencia in injury time.
Olimpo played almost the whole match with ten men as Pablo Lugüercio was sent off in the 14th for a second yellow card.
Quilmes clinched its first victory in the tournament yesterday when it defeated Tigre 1-0 at home. Despite the win, Ricardo Caruso Lombardi’s team is still at the bottom of the standings. Sebastián “Chirola” Romero gave the victory to Quilmes in the 17th minute.
Estudiantes de La Plata and Newell’s Old Boys were playing last night at press time.
Herald with agencies