Final TournamentMonday, March 10, 2014
River remains in title contention
Wins tough match against Arsenal with controversial penalty
River Plate stays in the title contention as its 1-0 win over Arsenal allowed it to be three points behind leader Colón after the seventh round. Fernando Cavenaghi scored the winner from a controversial penalty.
River Plate earned a tough 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Monumental stadium yesterday and climbed to the top places of the Final Tournament standings.
Fernando Cavenaghi scored the sole goal from a penalty kick in the 60th minute.
This result allowed the team coached by Ramón Díaz to climb to the top position — only three points behind leader Colón — and stay in the title contention after the seventh round.
However, River showed failures in the its coordination work as it seemed to base its performance in some individual skilful actions. It was also lucky as it was wrongly awarded a penalty.
After a dull first half, River tried to control the ball but it failed to create many scoring chances. Arsenal was close to open the scoring in the 18th minute after a long kick from Milton Caraglio which went close to the left post.
River played better in the second half and Cavenaghi started an attack to later assist Leonel Vangioni from the left, who was tackled by Hugo Nervo but out of the box.
A penalty was awarded in the 60th minute and Cavenaghi scored the winner with a hard kick in the middle of the goal.
With the 1-0 win, River earned a valuable victory while Arsenal lost its seventh match of the year.
“It is good that River fans may keep their title hopes alive but I want the team to improve in order to create deeper attacks,” said River coach Díaz after the match adding that it was a relevant win as River now has 11 points from seven matches.
Teams line-up as follows:
River: Marcelo Barovero; Gabriel Mercado, Jonatan Maidana, Eder Alvarez Balanta; Carlos Carbonero, Matías Kranevitter, Ariel Rojas, Leonel Vangioni; Manuel Lanzini; Teófilo Gutiérrez and Fernando Cavenaghi.
Arsenal: Alejandro Limia; Hugo Nervo, Leandro González Pírez, Diego Braghieri, Damián Pérez; Fausto Montero, Iván Marcone, Matías Sánchez, Ramiro Carrera; Mauricio Sperduti and Milton Caraglio.
In another match, Olimpo of Bahía Blanca defeated Newell’s Old Boys 1-0 at the Roberto Natalio Carminatti stadium and left the relegation zone to put All Boys in it.
Forward Ezequiel Cerutti netted the winner in the 15th minute and Olimpo goalkeeper Nereo Champagne blocked a penalty from Maximiliano Rodríguez 15 minutes before the end of the match.
Late yesterday, Boca Juniors was facing Racing Club in Avellaneda.
Herald staff with DyN