The team was once again able to play a fantastic overall game, proving that they are finally finding their rhythm. Besides the amazing goals (3 by Fernando Belluschi, 1 by Andres Rios, and 1 by Augusto Fernandez), the squad showed good teamwork and nice passes. With the win (and Boca's loss to Colon), we now have 12 points and are just 1 point away from the league leaders (Independiente, Tigre, and Boca Juniors).
The Player Review -
Juan Marcelo Ojeda: The goalkeeper didn't have much to do. At the beginning of the match Velez was very offensive, causing the ex-Rosario Central goalkeeper to make some great saves.
The Whole Defense: In the first half, the defense was very shakey. They improved in the second half, but this may be due to Velez's insufficient offensive power.
Augusto Fernandez: The right-midfielder continues on his run of good games. His speed and jukes are just amazing. He contributes a loooot to the team, not to mention his amazing shot that resulted in River's 4-0 lead. The negative news? If he continues with this great streak, it won't be too long before Aguilar sells him.
Oscar Ahumada: Oscar did a very good job recuperating the ball. He seems to improve every match, and I would love to see him keep up his current form.
Fernando Belluschi: Simply the man of the match. With 3 goals (all three being "golazos") and great team-play, Belluschi played his best game in a long time by far. I'd give the ex-Newell's a rating of 7 of 5 stars!
Sixto Peralta: I was not convinced by Sixto when he arrived at the club, and I still am not. He is slow, imprecise, and does not contribute much to the squad. I would much rather see youngsters like Diego Buonanotte or Sebastian Sciorilli receive a shot over "Mumo".
Marco Ruben: The ex-Rosario Central foward did not have enough time to do much. Unfortunately, he got injured early on in the match and has been added to the long list of unavailable players. For now, there is no word till when he will be gone.
Andres Rios: The youngster did well and even scored a goal. In fact, his goal was very important, fore it opened up the match for "los milllonarios". It may have not been perfect, but it was a positive display for Rios, who will probably start in our game for the next round.
Which one was the best goal? Truthfully, they were all great. Make sure to leave a comment leaving your opinion.
On Wednesday we will face Arsenal de Sarandi, a team that is currently ascending in gameplay and are becoming more and more dangerous as time passes. It will be a tough test, but if River get through it, they will prove to be a serious contender to keep the title.