Thursday, April 3, 2008

America: 4 - River Plate: 3 - Copa Libertadores 2008

America of Mexico defeated River Plate 4-3 in the mystical Estadio Azteca. The match was full of defensive flaws, and could have easily gone one way or another.

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 goals:

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.

5 comments:

Christian said...

I would say that River deserved a draw, but they could have won, certainly. I think they went to Mexico looking for the draw, and didn't expect America to come out the way they did. That's the only explanation for the downpour of goals.

Paulo Moreira said...

River és un grande equipo, e como tal nunca pode sofrir 4 goles en un partido.
Ahora ai que ganar contra san martin de peru.

Saludos

Ariel Boffelli said...

Hola mi nombre es ariel! soy hincha de river desde chicoestudio comunicación social en La Plata. VCeo que las notas son todas en inglés.
¿Dónde estas vioviendo? te gustaría que escriba algo para tu blog?
mi e-mail es arielboffelli@hotmail.com si te gusta la idea o tenés ganas de escribirme algo o mandar info te agradecería la respuesta.

Agrupacion Tradicional River Plate said...

Ariel vimos en eeste buen blog tu entusiasmo y tu pérfil, y como sos de River sabràs que hay una crisis - la màs grave de la historia - por lo que se necesita a
todos para reencauzar el camino perdido.
Nuestro blog tradicionalriver.blogspot.com es parte de la una Agrupación fundada en l936, cuya historia podés ver en www.tradicionalriver.com.ar

Por supuesto que River te necesita
como a todos y si querés tener alguna participacçon en un nuevo blog postea o mandanos un mail a
agrupaciontradicionalriver@gmail.com. Slds.

PD ¿jugaste en Los Tilos , en la U
o en los Maristas. Esperamos que no haya sido con los "canarios"?

Frankenstein said...

Yo no soy malo, yo hice todo lo que me dijeron papá y los tíos.

Pero como ahora se pelean entre ellos porque papá se va, mi tío Héctor me quiere echar la culpa de todo.