I was looking forward to an exciting match today, but all I got was a relatively boring match between both sides. Fromthe start, I was eager to see how the Estudiantes fans would receive Simeone and nothing really surprised me. I thought they would applause the man who brought them a title but he got mostly boos and jeers from the crowd. “Oh well”, I thought, “I want to see their faces when River scores”. Yeah, that didn’t happen.
During the whole match, Estudiantes did have the upper hand but River had a few counter attacks that could have been goals. The most clear opportunity was when Abreu had a wide open shot and a clear goal, but he shot a nasty left shot that left a sour taste in the Millonarios mouths. Ortega was River’s best player, creating a lot of passes and chances for the team to advance but it just wasn’t the time. Gerlo was HUGE in the defense and played an excellent match. I always enjoy his determination to win the ball. Abreu and Falco played equal, doing hardly nothing but having a little presence. Cabral got expelled, and stupidly might I add. Why did Simeone recommend this guy?
All in all, the match was alright but it could have been won. River should use this game as a warm up against Universidad Catolica on Wednesday for the Copa Libertadores.