The match wasn't too entertaining, but River deserved the victory and were successful in obtaining it. The only goal of the game was scored by Diego Buonanotte, though a big part of thte credit should also be given to Juan Pablo Carrizo, who effectively stopped a penalty shot taken by Jose Sand in the second half.
The Player Review -
Juan Pablo Carrizo: As mentioned previously, the future Lazio player played a big role in the win by stopping a penalty towards the end of the game and preventing other clear chances from going into the net. Half way done with the Torneo Clausura, he has only conceded goals in one game (vs. San Martin (SJ)). Another interesting fact: of the 5 penalties he's had to defend in his career, he caught 3 (vs. Rosario Central, San Lorenzo, and Lanus).
Paulo Ferrari: The right-back did not go up to attack very often, but instead committed most of his time defending. He didn't do anything that caught anybody's attention, though - neither in a good or bad way.
Nicolas Sanchez: The best player in defense. The ex-Nueva Chicago player improved considerably as compared to his previous game (vs. America). He was much more solid, recuperating the ball constantly - just as we expected him to.
Gustavo Cabral: Cabral had been one of the most critisized defenders lately, but his absence in the Copa Libertadores proved to be disastrous (the team conceded 4 goals). To top it off, he played a very good game today and committed very few errors.
Cristian Villagra: Decent game, which included some recuperation, but nothing too magnificent. Just like Ferrari, he wasn't allowed to frequently add himself to the team's offense.
Augusto Fernandez: After being injured for a while, the right-winger returned to the first team line-up but proved to not be ready to start. He wasn't too active and missed a clear chance to score when the partial result was still 0-0.
Oscar Ahumada: The defensive midfielder came back from a minor injury and played a great game, stopping every player in his path. Unfortunately, he was forced to leave the pitch in the second half due to being injured again.
Matias Abelairas: "Pitu" didn't look like his usual self today. His shots were off target, his passes were imprecise, and his presence did not signify much importance to the team.
Alexis Sanchez: The Chilean was far from having his best game with a River jersey, but this doesn't mean that he didn't put any effort: he ran non-stop and pressured to regain possession (as usual). The excessive amount of minutes he has received in the last few weeks (as well as the long roundtrips to Tel Aviv and Mexico City) are commencing to become noticeable.
Diego Buonanotte: The "dwarf" played another great match to add to his already very good season. Not only did he score the game-winning goal, but he was the player who mostly insisted on opening up the match. He did, though, miss a clear opportunity at the beginning of the game, but his goal and effort recompensated for it.
Radamel Falcao Garcia: The Colombian did not have an overall good game and missed several clear opportunities.
The Substitutes -
Sebastian Abreu: The Uruguayan was surprisingly placed on the bench after scoring vs. America. Unfortunately, what was even more surprising was when he missed a clear one-on-one opportunity by accidently kicking the ground instead of the ball. He is producing a rather unpleasant habit of missing easy goals, and is starting to lose many fans' confidence.
Leonardo Ponzio: Leo replaced Ahumada and did a good job. He continued his streak of good form and almost scored the 2-0 (a great chipped shot that hit the post).
Nicolas Domingo: Not enough time to judge his performance.