Wednesday, April 25, 2007

River Plate: 1 - Colo Colo: 0 - Copa Libertadores 2007

River beat Colo Colo today with a goal by Galvan. The match itself wasn't too entertaining, due to Colo Colo qualifying previously and River already being eliminated.

Los Millonarios played with an alternative team, but still managed to control the match. Yes, Colo Colo were missing a few players, but key players such as Suazo (18 goals in 15 games), Sanhueza, etc. played from the start. Despite that, River controlled the ball most of the time, and had more shots than the Chileans (who only reached River's goal once or twice).

The match left River one point away from the league leaders, but still unable to qualify. These are Group 6's final standings:

1) Colo Colo: 9 pts.
2) Caracas FC: 9 pts.
3) River Plate: 8 pts.
4) LDU Quito: 8 pts.

River's best player, in my opinion, was Ariel Ortega, who made several nice passes/centers and had some nice jukes (including a "cano"). He still didn't regain his form, but had some great passes. I wouldn't have rated him the best in most other matches with this form, but I think he did better than his teammates, who obviously weren't too excited about a match that was worth absolutely nothing.

There's not much to say about the match. This was River's last match in the Copa Libertadores 2007, in which we were eliminated in the group stage.

On Saturday, we will be facing Rosario Central in El Gigante de Arroyito, their home stadium. We must win to get closer to San Lorenzo. Vamos River!

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