River finally got a win today, for the first time in over a month. We started off winning with a goal by Paulo Ferrari (penalty) 12 minutes into the first half. Salvatierra of Banfield was also expelled at the same time, so River had entered a good situation early in the game. This parcial score in our favor wasn't able to last too long, though: eight minutes later, Eduardo Tuzzio put the ball past his own net. This meant a tie for Banfield, who left the field in a much better mood than River players.
For the second half, Fernando Belluschi (who was a substitute, alongside other important players such as Ponzio) entered the field and managed to score 23 minutes later.
The game was not televised, so I can't comment to much on it. But according to the Argentine press, River improved a lot compared to recent performances and deserved more than two goals.
For those who are interested, game highlights will be shown today on the TyC Sports USA program "Paso a Paso". The show reviews all the games played every week in the Argentine League, and will be shown today at 8:00 PM Pacific/11:00 PM Eastern Time. If you do not have this channel, you will have another chance to watch the highlights thanks to Fox Sports en Espanol, who will broadcast Futbol de Primera, a similar show, at 4:00 PM Pacific/7:00 PM Eastern Time.
The win leaves us 8 points away from league leaders San Lorenzo, who won 2-1 today vs. Godoy Cruz. It may seem like a lot, but we have a suspended match, which can minimize our point difference to only five points. Eight matches are left (nine for River), and anything is possible. Just remember Estudiantes' miracle in the Apertura. It will be hard, but not impossible. Aguante River!
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