River thrashes on his return to the Monumental

Plate beat 3-0 to rosary beads
Central in the match that marked his return to Mo StadiumProfessional League Cup numental and recovered from the initial defeat in Soccer.

With goals from Colombian Rafael Santos Borré, Gonzalo Montiel -a penalty- and Uruguayan Nicolás De la Cruz, the team led by Marcelo Gallardo won and achieved the first victory of the championship after the defeat on the first day against Estudiantes.

This meeting marked the return of River to its stadium, the Monumental of Buenos Aires, after half a year of works that made the stadium in which Argentina won its first World Cup in 1978 have, according to its directors, “the best soccer field in all of South America “.

The last match it hosted was River Plate’s 8-0 defeat of the Peruvian Binational on the second day of the Copa Libertadores on March 11, 2020.

On August 5 of that year, when soccer was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, managers took advantage of the break in tournaments to begin “an unprecedented work in Argentine soccer.”

River Plate not only modified and improved the grass and the irrigation system but also removed the athletics track and built a new tunnel for the entry of footballers. Modifications were also made to the stands, which allow a better view of the game. In addition, new toilets were built, food stalls and a wireless Internet system for fans were installed. The total cost estimated by the club is 200 million pesos (about 2.2 million dollars).

Panoramic view of the Monumental Stadium Antonio Vespucio LibertiPanoramic view of the Monumental Stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti

In this Group B, it was precisely the team from La Plata that guaranteed the lead after winning 0-2 as a visitor against Godoy Cruz with goals from Leandro Díaz and Pablo Sabbag.

In the remaining duel of the Saturday day in this area, Racing Club rescued a home draw by equaling 2-2 with Aldosivi thanks to the many of their incorporations Enzo Copetti and Tomás Chancalay, while Leandro Maciel and Federico Andrada converted for the whole driven by Fernando Gago.

In Group A, Lanús beat Defense and Justice

For Zone A, meanwhile, Lanús won 2-1 against Defense and Justice in the reissue of the last final of the South American Cup that had given the ‘Falcón’ the first title. The winner’s goals were scored by Tomás Belmonte and José Sand, from a penalty, while Braian Romero discounted for the loser.

On Sunday, four games will be played with Boca Juniors visiting Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario as the highlight. Sarmiento-Vélez, Patronato-Independiente and Argentinos-Platense will also face each other.