Saturday, April 28, 2007

Rosario Central: 0 - River Plate: 2 - Torneo Clausura 2007

Marco marcó.. Twice. Marco Ruben gave River the win today, by putting the ball through Rosario Central's net. The final score was 2-0 in favor of River.

Los Millonarios didn't exactly play "beautiful football", but neither did the home side. Either way, River showed an improvement: they had good shot accuaracy up front, defended well, were able to cope with having one player less than the opposition, and put in a lot of effort.

The Player Review -

Marco Ruben: Player of the game. Plain and simple. Had three shots in the entire match, and scored twice. The ex-Central player played like a real goleador, who may not appear all the time, but when he does is much more than dangerous. Click here to see the first goal. Click here to see the second goal.

Augusto Fernandez: Our other best player. If Ruben hadn't scored both goals, I would be announcing him as the Man of the Match. The youngster was fast, had nice passes, and was very important for River's win today.

Juan Pablo Carrizo: Didn't have much to do. There weren't that many clear shots by "los Canallas", but when they did attack, Carrizo made every River fan feel secure.

Cristian Nasuti: "El Tanito" did a good job once again. He is slowly gaining himself a spot in the first team and has been our most solid defender in the last few matches.

Cristian Villagra: The ex-Rosario Central player was expelled early on in the game. After 30 minutes, we were left with 10 players due to him getting two yellow cards.

Fernando Belluschi: Didn't have a great match, but was still important for us. He made several Central players get nervous and get yellow cards. He also recuperated several balls. Not great, but not bad either.

Mauro Rosales: Mauro continues looking like our best reinforcement for the season so far. He continues adding speed to our offense and basically served the goal for Ruben.

One thing to worry about, though, is that we are suffering to many injuries. Currently, Radamel Falcao Garcia and Ernesto Farias -two fowards- are injured. Today, their two replacements (Marco Ruben and Mauro Rosales) left the field injured. So now we have four injured fowards. As for players in other positions, Tuzzio had to be subbed in the first half and will probably miss the match vs. Colon on Wednesday, and Ahumada finished the match in bad conditions. Hopefully these injuries aren't too severe and we can continue hoping to fight for the tournament.

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