Sunday, March 23, 2008

Velez Sarsfield: 0 - River Plate: 2 - Torneo Clausura 2008

River Plate defeated Velez Sarsfield with a final scoreline of 2-0 to efficiently climb the table and reach the first place spot.

The goals were scored by Alexis Sanchez and Radamel Falcao Garcia. "Los Millonarios" were the much better side of the two in the first half, and the partial score could have in fact been much greater. In the last 45 minutes Velez looked much more committed to evening up the match and actually had clear opportunities to score some goals. River, on the other hand, seemed more relaxed and less clear than the first half, though this can be backed up by the fact that we were leading by two goals (this doesn't mean we should have taken the lead for granted, there could always be bad endings).

The Player Review -

Juan Pablo Carrizo: One of the key players of the game. Many chose Alexis Sanchez as the man of the match, but if Carrizo hadn't made all the amazing saves he did in the second half, Velez could have actually taken the three points.
Paulo Ferrari: Decent game, not much to comment on.
Gustavo Cabral: Improved as compared to previous matches, but still hasn't reached his peak. He hasn't convinced the fans nor -according to his interview with TyC Sports- himself yet. Will he ever become a stable player for River?
Eduardo Tuzzio: Arguably River's best defender today. He constantly recuperated the ball and was more similar to his old self for the first time in a while. He left an overall positive image.
Cristian Villagra: The ex-Rosario Central player gave yet another good performance. Nothing out of this world, but still a good game.
Alexis Sanchez: The Chilean was a key player to the three points we achieved. His contributions to the offense were fantastic.. and so was his help defensively! The team always benefits from his jukes and passes (and today's case his goal), but his pressure to recuperate the ball is also essential. A fantastic player, who will definitely be missed when his loan comes to an end.
Leonardo Ponzio: Regular game for Ponzio. He did not have any flaws, but didn't present any amazing characteristics either.
Matias Abelairas: The leftie did well and was important to the team's positive performance in the first half. Not only did he help with defensive duties, but he also connected the passes and played the ball well to the offensive players.
Diego Buonanotte: Dieguito played another fantastic team and is slowly consolidating himself as an undisputed starter on the team. When he's "on", he's unstoppable, and his speed brings electricity and excitement to the team. During the game he made several great plays, including good shots, passes, and jukes.
Mauro Rosales: The ex-Newell's and Ajax player showed lots of effort to prove himself. He does seem a bit slower than in the past, though he still has his positive contributions.
Radamel Falcao Garcia: Scored River's second goal with a great ground shot. Other than that, he didn't appear much. One thing was clear though: he looked much more comfortable in that position (center foward) than in the position he had been playing lately (more in the midfield; behind Sebastian Abreu).
The Substitutes -
Oscar Ahumada: Diego Simeone brought in Ahumada to help control Velez's offense, which looked much more fired up in the second half. He did well and completed his duties.
Gustavo Bou: Bou is an 18-year old right winger, who made his official Professional debut in the dying minutes of the game. Due to the lack of exposure he had in the game, not much was able to be concluded besides the fact that he looks exactly like ex-River player Luis "Lucho" Gonzalez.

The goals:

The victory has left River as the current league leaders (alongside arch-rivals Boca Juniors) with 15 points. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that Estudiantes and Velez both follow with 13 points, yet both have a respective suspended match.


Martin[Noti-River] said...

de a poco mejoramos

bien alexis!



Nick said...

Great stuff from Sanchez,