BUENOS AIRES (AP) – River Plate won as a visitor, while Boca Juniors lost at home in their games on Friday for the fourth date of the Argentine Professional League Cup. Now, both are focused on the Copa Libertadores.
The two greats of the country had advanced their commitments, in order to have more recovery time to play next week their first leg matches of the round of 16 in the top South American tournament.
The riverplatenses defeated Banfield 2-0 at the Florencio Sola stadium. The Boquenses fell to Lanús 2-1 at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires.
River’s coach, Marcelo Gallardo, decided to place a majority of substitute players for this commitment. But he had an inspired Robert Rojas, decisive in the rival area.
Ignacio Fernández scored in the 60th minute and the Paraguayan Rojas extended at 77 in the Banfield field.
The locals had a great opportunity to open the penalty mark. From 12 steps, defender Luciano Lollo shot hard, but over the crossbar at 16.
Banfield suffered the injuries of the two Colombians on the court in the first half. Goalkeeper Mauricio Arboleda came out due to a collision with Javier Pinola and forward Mauricio Cuero tore the hamstrings in his left leg.
Gallardo’s team defined the lawsuit in their favor with a good touch from Nacho Fernández after a header from Rojas. The same defender made it 2-0 with an impressive header from a corner.
In Group 3, Banfield and River have 9 points, Rosario Central 3 and Godoy Cruz 0.
River will face Atlético Paranaense in Curitiba on Tuesday, for the continental competition.
Meanwhile, Nicolás Orsini contributed a double, at 14 and 44 minutes, for the garnet victory against Boca. Ramón Ábila discounted for the xeneizes at 85.
Coach Miguel Ángel Russo also preserved his main figures (Carlos Tevez was not even on the substitute bench) in view of his international commitment.
Lanús was more effective in the area with two similar plays. In the first goal, Pedro de la Vega enabled Orsini, who defined well against a poor finish from goalkeeper Esteban Andrada. In the second, the same visitor 10 enabled Orsini left-handed, who beat Carlos Zambrano and defined crossed.
In the complement, Boca decided to draw and looked for the ways to reach goalkeeper Lautaro Morales. He had chances throughout the second half.
The discount only reached 85 when Ábila achieved the xeneize goal by taking advantage of a rebound. Morales avoided the tie in discounts when he cleared a header from Lisandro López.
“We were wrong in the first half. The second half was all ours, ”Russo said.
In zone 4, Talleres has 7 points, Los Boquenses has 6, Lanús 4 and Newell’s Old Boys 3.
Boca will visit Internacional in Porto Alegre on Wednesday 25 for the South American competition.
Also on Friday, Unión beat Arsenal 3-2 in Group 1 as a visitor. Juan Manuel García scored twice and Uruguayan Jhonatan Candia scored on his own goal. Candia and Mateo Carabajal scored the local goals.
The fourth date began on Thursday with the victory of Atlético Tucumán against Racing by 2-0 (Group 1). The dean club is the first to qualify for the winners round by adding 12 points out of 12, while The Academy will play in the losers round having no units. Union has 7 points and Arsenal, 4 in this area.
Racing will host Flamengo de Rio de Janeiro in the Libertadores round of 16 on Tuesday 24.
The date will continue with these matches: Colón-Defense and Justice (zone 2), Huracán-Vélez Sarsfield (6), Independiente-Central Córdoba (Santiago del Estero) (2) (Saturday); Students-Aldosivi (5), Patronato-Gimnasia (6), San Lorenzo-Argentinos Juniors (5) (Sunday); Godoy Cruz-Rosario Central (3), Newell’s Old Boys-Talleres (4) (Monday).
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