When the match against Lanus The Boca fans sang that for the Cup no matter what it costs…
When the match against Palmeiras, Boca fans sang that on Sunday no matter what it takes…
Jorge Almirón tastes very good who walks among explosive mines, and meditates very well on each decision in these very complex cases, with vital parties so close to each other. Some think that the decision to put an almost entire team of substitutes against River was a mistake, which was demonstrated with the three changes that he had to make at halftime; others suppose that the partial result forced him to the changes, because His idea was to preserve as much time as possible to those who will play revenge in San Pablo; Some and others agree that the inclusion of Ramírez, a highly questioned player who has not holed one in a while, is not understood.
Mouth seemed to play with one less that first half, and River, who knew how to take advantage of it, went to half-time with a carom goal (the ball went far from the goal in Enzo Pérez’s shot and the rebound in Rondón dislocated Romero). But beyond the detail, the 1-0 marked justice.
It didn’t surprise anyone that River went into halftime with a goal in their pocket, much less that they ended up winning the game 2-0. In the balance of the 90 minutes It was clearly more because:
1) He handled the ball better.
2) He had many fewer minutes of distraction than his rival.
3) Generated more and better goal situations.
4) He had better individual performances.
5) He defended with more solvency than he had been doing lately.
6) Romero worked twice as hard as Armani.
7) He managed the game times more judiciously.
The centrals They crossed many times with great firmness in some arrivals of the restless Benedetto. De La Cruz, and especially Esequiel Barco, pulled all the strings in the middle of the field and managed to get there by playing, and to also defend by playing in the moments that were supposed to be complicated. River was simple and effective, and settled the issue in the end after several attempts.
On the Boca side, very lukewarm in the first half. The entry of Valentín Barco, Medina and Ezequiel Fernández first, and then Cavani and Zeballos In some passages it left the feeling that a tie was possible. In fact, there was a good goal by Cavani with a bicycle kick that was canceled by a millimeter offside, and there was great dedication to fight for each ball, but None of that was enough to change the idea. that one team treated the ball with affection and played what it more or less knows, and the other did what it could and it worked.
River’s victory, which is always celebrated a lot in a Superclásico, served to rebuild his image after some mediocre games, and to decompress the internal climate.
Boca has the consolation that there were no injuries, that everyone will be able to be at the big stop that is coming, the one that made the fans sing at the end of the Superclásico «in San Pablo whatever the cost…».