River started off winning 2-0 before the first half was done, thanks to Diego Galvan and Danilo Gerlo, who scored one goal each. In the second half, Velez were able to tie the match (Papa and Escudero scored), but River quickly found the goal and put themselves up again just three minutes later. Overall, it wasn't an important match for us, but it wasn't bad to see a win after such bad performances recently.
The Player Review -
Danilo Gerlo: Scored the second goal after a nice header. Played well, but I still wouldn't be too upset if he left to Switzerland.
Paulo Ferrari: The ex-Rosario Central player did good but was unfortunate to be expelled towards the end of the game (didn't deserve it, in my opinion). If he remains at the club, he will be forced to miss the first match of the Torneo Apertura 2007.
Cristian Villagra: Some good points, some bad ones. I still believe he was a very bad incorporation, due to failing to impress me in any of the matches he played this season.
Diego Galvan: Arguably the best man on the field. He ran plenty, played well, and scored our first goal. Augusto Fernandez remains as my first option, but Galvan proved to be a worthy candidate as well.
Rene Lima: Another midfielder who played a good match. The youngster has been playing with a lot of heart lately, and has been starting to earn himself a spot. Preferred over Oscar Ahumada.
Matias Abelairas: As mentioned earlier, the left-winger played a very good match and was at the top of the list, next to Galvan. He assisted the second goal (perfect free-kick center to Gerlo) and scored the third one. He has done well in every match he's played in this semester, and may be a very interesting proposal for the left side next semester.
Radamel Falcao Garcia and Marco Ruben: Neither of the two fowards did much (..if anything).
After a very disappointing semster, the team will soon begin to prepare for the future. We must now hope for a more successful second-half of the year. The first glimpse of the new team will be in about a month, when the team begins the 2007 Peace Cup in South Korea (schedule posted on the right).