River began the game surprising the home side. Not only did Leonardo Ponzio manage to surprise the "Aguilas" with a shot from 40 meters away (hit the post), but "los Millonarios" actually found the net with barely five minutes of gameplay. The goal was scored by Rodrigo Archubi, who had just scored his first goal with "la Banda" on Sunday. The first half would finalize with River holding a 1-0 partial lead, but what wasn't expected was such an electrifying last 45 minutes.
The second half presented fans of both teams with several celebrations and frustrations in just a matter of minutes. Rodrigo Iñigo and Enrique Esqueda were able to flip the score between the 53rd and the 55th minute, but not long after River would put the match back on level terms thanks to an own goal by Diego Cervantes. This caused America to go up looking for more goals, and it was the same Cervantes who was able to recompensate the home fans with a partial 3-2 victory. One minute later, though, the Uruguayan Sebastian Abreu (ex-America player) would once again tie for River. The 18-minute-goalfest would finally finish in the 69th minute, when Salvador Cabañas put the final touch to the final score of 4-3.
One may argue that River might have deserved the three points, but there is no doubt that the defense was worrying. In just 18 minutes, the team conceded 4 goals -- the same amount Carrizo had received in the last 7 games combined. Nicolas Sanchez is definitely not ready to play yet, Nasuti has been showing very poor performances lately, and Paulo Ferrari and Cristian Villagra weren't even seen throughout the night.
The quest for the Libertadores continues, but first the team must advance from the Group Stage. All we needed was a draw, but after being unsuccessful, the squad will be looking to fix their errors and find at least one point against Universidad San Martin in two weeks.