Super final previewSaturday, May 24, 2014
Battle of champions: River v San Lorenzo
SAN LUIS — River Plate, Final Tournament champion, and San Lorenzo, winner of the Initial Tournament 2013, will face each other today in San Luis in the Super Final, a match that will not award an official trophy but the winner will get a spot in the next South American Cup.
The game will be played at 9.15pm at the Juan Gilberto Funes stadium in San Luis and Néstor Pitana will be the referee.
If it finishes in a draw, they will play extra time, and then penalties.
Both sides reached this final with an outstanding first half of the year. River clinched its 35th league title, while San Lorenzo advanced to the Libertadores Cup semifinals. However, both squads feel the tiredness of a successful season.
River will not count on defender Éder Álvarez Balanta nor striker Teófilo Gutiérrez, as both players were called up by José Néstor Pekerman for the Colombian national team to train for the World Cup, which starts in June.
Ramiro Funes Mori, scorer of the winning goal against Boca Juniors at La Bombonera stadium in the Superderby, will join Jonatan Maidana as central defenders, while Daniel Villalva will play alongside captain Fernando Cavenaghi in attack.
Meanwhile, Leandro Romagnoli, whose future is still uncertain, will take Ignacio Piatti’s place, as the midfielder is still recovering from an injury.
River coach Ramón Díaz said yesterday that he hopes his team play as if they had not clinched the title yet.
“We know that San Lorenzo is an important team, which has reached the semifinals of the Libertadores Cup,” said Díaz. “But we beat them at home during the tournament.”
River’s team will be: Marcelo Barovero; Gabriel Mercado, Maidana, Funes Mori, Leonel Vangioni; Carlos Carbonero, Cristian Ledesma, Ariel Rojas; Manuel Lanzini; Villalva and Cavenaghi.
San Lorenzo will play with: Sebastián Torrico; Julio Buffarini, Fabricio Fontanini, Santiago Gentiletti, Emmanuel Más; Héctor Villalba, Juan Mercier, Néstor Ortigoza, Romagnoli; Ángel Correa and Mauro Matos.
Herald with agencies