After the half-time break, River were able to revert the game situation and now dominated the match. The bad passes, the "no longer than five second" posessions, the lack of heart, etc. now seemed like a thing of the past. It's not that that the team was amazing (in fact they were far from it), but they now actually looked like they had a shot of fighting up top this time around. The tie finally arrived after a controversial penalty was called in favor of "los millonarios". Later on in the match, Radamel Falcao Garcia hit the post with a great, potential shot. Unfortunately, we were not able to find the second goal that we deserved and had to be satisfied with a tie.
So what caused the big change in the second half? The answer is more than obvious: Ariel Ortega played the last 45 minutes as our playmaker, something we were missing in the first part of the game. Everybody insisted in the 4-3-1-2 formation, and yesterday's game proved why. The 4-4-2 does not fit River's style of play at all, reason for which Ortega should be River's playmaker through the rest of the season. Besides the need for one, el Burrito's amazing passes are still alive, making him a lot more suitable for this position instead of a foward. The Argentine Press claims that Passarella may be analyzing this option, but will he take action?
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