BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) – He suffered until the last second, but the party was on. River Plate returned to a renovated and expanded Memorial Stadium, honoring Franco Armani and other world champions in Qatar with River Plate history and Argentina’s juniors 2 with various controversies to get back in the fight for the top of the Argentine Championship. Beaten by -1.
Another outstanding aspect of the day on Sunday was the Racing Club debut of Paolo Guerrero. The Peruvian entered the match 86 minutes into the match which the academy drew 2-2 with Tigre and even had a goal that was disallowed past the 39-year-old striker’s hand.
At the Monumental, Rivera celebrated with two penalty goals, which were converted by Colombian Miguel Borja on 49 minutes and Esquiel Barco on 71 minutes.
The match, held on a third date and played under intense heat on a Sunday, meant the return of Martin Demichelis to the Monumental, now as coach and as a replacement for Marcelo Gallardo, the most successful coach in the history of the “millionaires”.
Núñez had another return: that of former president Daniel Passarella, who was invited to honor Armani and Pablo Aimar and Roberto Ayala, along with other world champions in 1978 and 1986, assistant to Albiceleste coach Lionel Scaloni.
Passarella is on trial, accused of fraud and embezzlement during his tenure (2009–2013), and was also president when he went down the river in 2011. Despite the fact that the former captain was expected to be booed upon entering the pitch, the fans chose to ignore him and sing for their team.
River, which built the Olympic track into its stadium, inaugurated its new popular stands and an area of stalls along the side of the playing field, with this section of works increasing the capacity of its Coliseum to 83,196 spectators, with new Included are boxes, a restaurant overlooking the field, and a common tunnel for both teams.
With the ball rolling, the game got tough for the “millionaires” against Gabriel Milito’s team. In the midst of a similar process, the Argentinians broke the void through a stalled ball and a popcorn pass from MacAllister.
In the plugin, Barco’s entry improved River, which had the ability to react in time. Of course, they had benefited from a penalty that wasn’t and that Borja – later replaced injured, by Salomón Rondón of Venezuela – converted for a goal. A little later, another penalty, a hand in the area that was present, made it possible for Barco to change history for the local.
Argentina were marred by World Cup referee Fernando Rapalini, who repeatedly relied on VAR and disallowed two goals from the tour: one in the first half and the other in the last minute of extra time.
With their win, Demichelis’ side recovered from a defeat against Belgrano the previous day, added six points and moved to the top of the table.
Racing continues without a win in the league. He couldn’t do the same against a beaten Tigre, after being eliminated in the Argentina Cup this week at the hands of fifth-tier side Centro Español.
In “Cylinder”, Fernando Gago’s team were up twice with goals from Maxi Romero and Gabriel Hoche, but Tigre neutralized them with controversial goals from Brian Lisa and one of the tournament’s strikers, Mateo Retegui, respectively.
After its long-awaited premiere, veteran Guerrero declared: “It’s good to be here with this fan… It’s a shame we didn’t get the result we wanted. I’m happy to make my debut in Argentine football.” Am.
Rosario Central beat Arsenal 2–1 and went top, shared with Belgrano and Huracan, following a 0–0 draw with Instituto in Córdoba. Banfield and Gimnasia also drew nil.
Lanús is the only one that to date could remain as the sole leader, provided he dominates Estudiantes in La Plata on Monday.