This Sunday afternoon, River Plate hosted Central Cordoba at the Monumental de Nunez Stadium in Buenos Aires, in Superliga’s 18th matchday. It was a very busy match, especially for River, who had a player sent off in the first half and had to play over 80 minutes one man less.
However, even down to 10 men, River showed why they’re leaders in the competition and ended up winning 2-0. The goals were scored by Colombian striker Santos Borre and Argentine Ignacio Scocco.
With the result, River Plate remains at the top of the table, with 36 points, three points clear of second-placed – and arch-rivals-, Boca Juniors.
The match at the Monumental started quite agitated, on the part of the hosts. They had the best chances in the early stages, but everything changed on 14 mins, as Chilean defender Paulo Diaz was shown a straight red card for a bad challenge on Cordoba’s Gervasio Nunez.
It was time for Marcelo Gallardo’s men to step up and show that they’ve got the winning mentality. And they did so. On 45+3′, Matias Suarez put on a delivery that met Borre, who tapped in from close-range. 1-0 River Plate.
After half-time, the game kept on with the same general figure, as River played as comfortably as they had 11 on the field, and Cordoba representing a minimal risk to the hosts.
When everyone thought the game would end up 1-0 River, Scocco went on to double the lead and seal the deal. The Argentine received the ball down the mid, powered home, rounding a defender and the keeper, and tapped into the empty net. 2-0 River Plate.
River Plate’s next challenge will take place next Sunday, as they will host Banfield. On the other side, Central Cordoba returns to the field next Friday, where they face Aldosivi away from home.