Soccer - Final tournamentMonday, April 21, 2014
River Plate wins, reaches the top
Teo Gutiérrez scores after Vélez goalkeeper’s mistake, but leaves with injury
Colombian Teófilo Gutiérrez scored to give River Plate a 1-0 victory over Vélez Sarsfield to continue with the team’s positive run at the Monumental stadium and climb to the top of the standings.
River Plate reached the top of the standings for the first time in the championship after it defeated Vélez Sarsfield 1-0 at the Monumental stadium in a game for the 15th round of the Final Tournament.
The winning goal was scored by Colombian Teófilo Gutiérrez in the 30th minute after a mistake by Uruguayan goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa. The goalie poor goal kick wound up at the feet of the striker, who slotted home from close range. However, the play should have been played again, as Gutiérrez was inside the box when Sosa shot the goal-kick.
River deserved the victory against an unrecognizable Vélez side, which is going through a negative run of four straight defeats. On the other hand, Ramón Díaz’s team continued with its outstanding results at the Monumental: six victories in a row.
With this result, River has 27 points and leads the standings. Estudiantes de La Plata and Colón share second place with 26, while Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, which has 24, could climb to the top if it beats All Boys at home today.
Yesterday, River was the dominant side from the start of the match. It finally went ahead when Gutiérrez took advantage of Sosa’s mistake. However, the host failed to seal the victory and suffered some counter-attacks from Vélez.
There was some bad news for River despite the win, as Gutiérrez went off in the 62nd minute with an injured right knee, and fellow Colombian Éder Álvarez Balanta left a few minutes later with an injured thigh.
Gutiérrez said he hoped to be back on the field quickly.
“Thanks to God and the team, we are where we are,” said Gutiérrez, who dedicated the victory to his grandmother in Colombia. “I’m confident everything will be OK and I’ll bounce back from the injury.”
Apparently, Álvarez Balanta will miss the next three games, while Gutiérrez would be available for the team’s next match against Olimpo.
Earlier yesterday, Colón, fighting against relegation but also competing for the title due to its outstanding and unexpected results, drew 0-0 against Belgrano at the Brigadier General Estanislao López stadium in the city of Santa Fe.
Colón wasted its chance to be alone at the top, although its main aim is to avoid relegation.
Herald with agencies