Final tournamentThursday, April 3, 2014
River continues celebrating
The celebration continued for River Plate yesterday as it defeated Newell’s 1-0 at home to claim its third straight victory and stayed close to the top of the standings.
Defeats Newell’s 1-0 at home to stay close to the top
River Plate clinched its third straight victory yesterday when it defeated Newell’s Old Boys 1-0 at the Monumental stadium to be one point behind leader Colón and share the second place with Vélez Sarsfield in the Final Tournament.
Three days after winning the Superderby against Boca Juniors at La Bombonera for the first time in 10 years, Ramón Díaz’s side hosted a tough opponent and needed a victory to stay close to leader Colón, which had won 1-0 against All Boys earlier yesterday.
Carlos Carbonero scored for River in the eighth minute with a header after taking a rebound from goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán.
Newell’s improved in the second half when David Trezeguet entered the field, but River managed to keep its advantage and take the three points.
Striker Trezeguet played at his former club’s stadium again after nine months and received an ovation from the local fans. He will return to River in July, when his loan with the club from Rosario finishes.
The 36-year-old Trezeguet played a year and a half in River and scored 17 goals between the National B Division and the First Division.
“We must stay calm. I have to thank the players, because despite they suffered a lot of pressure due to the Superderby, they didn’t have much time to rest,” said coach Díaz. “This was an important match to stay close to the top.”
Earlier, Godoy Cruz won important three points to improve its relegation average after beating Lanús 1-0 at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Medonza.
Striker Mauro Óbolo, with a penalty, gave the victory for the host, which now has 19 points. Despite being among the top positions in the standings, Godoy Cruz is still in the relegation zone with Quilmes and Argentinos Juniors.
Today, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata faces Tigre at 5pm, while defending champion San Lorenzo hosts Arsenal de Sarandí at 8.15pm.
Herald with agencies