0-3: Palmeiras beat River and caress the final

He Palmeiras he thrashed this Tuesday River
Plate in Argentina 0-3 with goals from Rony, Luiz Adriano and Matías Viña in the first leg of the semifinals of the Libertadores Cup and he took a big step towards the final of the tournament to be played at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on January 30.


Ronielson ‘Rony’ da Silva Barbosa converted the first goal of the game in the 27th minute with a powerful shot from inside the area that deflected a defender, after a great error in the clearance by local goalkeeper Franco Armani. At 47 minutes Luiz Adriano made it 0-2 after leaving Paraguayan Robert Rojas on the road and defining between Armani’s legs. River Plate’s Colombian midfielder Jorge Carrascal was sent off in the 60th minute for a strong infraction against Gabriel Menino. Two minutes later, the Uruguayan Viña put the 0-3 head.

As soon as the game started, Carrascal was very close to overtaking River Plate on the scoreboard, but the Colombian found a great response from Weverton, who deflected his shot. At 27 minutes, Armani cleared an insignificant cross from the left short and badly with his feet and the ball was served to Rony, who made it 0-1 with a strong kick that was deflected by Uruguayan Nicolás De la Cruz. Three minutes later, Palmeiras scored a goal through Scarpa that was disallowed for position ahead.

River Plate continued its siege, but now without danger, and Palmeiras was solid in defense during the first half. Two minutes before the break, a free kick by Ignacio Fernández hit the crossbar and went over the goal. Carrascal was River Plate’s most active during the first half, but failed to generate a clear goal situation.


Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras) and Ignacio Fernández, in a match action

The second half had barely started, at 47 minutes, Luis Adriano took advantage of a weak marking by Rojas to leave him on the road, face Armani and put the 0-2 with a shot that passed between the goalkeeper’s legs.

At 60 minutes the game was completely complicated for River Plate because Carrascal hit Menino with a strong kick and was sent off with a direct red. In the free kick of that infraction, Viña put the 0-3 head.

In the remaining half hour, River Plate advanced out of necessity, but it was the Brazilian team that had the clearest plays with their counterattacks. Menino, at 84 minutes, forced Armani to make a fabulous save to avoid the fourth goal. Luan was injured during the warm-up and was replaced in the starting eleven by Empereur.

This match was played at the Independiente stadium, the Libertadores de América, because the Monumental of Buenos Aires is undergoing repairs.

The second leg will be played on January 12 at the Allianz Parque stadium in Sao Paulo and the final will be against the Brazilian Santos or the Argentine Boca Juniors.

0 – River Plate: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Javier Pinola, Robert Rojas, Milton Casco (m.74, Federico Girotti), Enzo Pérez (m.84, Paulo Díaz), Nicolás De La Cruz, Ignacio Fernández (m.81, Julián Álvarez), Jorge Carrascal; Matías Suárez (m.74, Leonardo Ponzio) and Rafael Santos Borré

Coach: Marcelo Gallardo

3 – Palmeiras: Weverton; Rocha, Empereur, Gustavo Gómez, Matías Viña; Danilo (m.67, Zé Rafael), Patrick de Paula (m.78, Emerson Santos) ;, Gustavo Scarpa (m.71, Raphael Veiga), Gabriel Menino; Rony (m.71, Breno) and Luiz Adriano (m.78, Willian).

Coach: Abel Ferreira

Goals: 0-1, Rony (m. 27); 0-2, Luiz Adriano (m. 47); 0-3, Matías Viña (m. 62)

Referee: Uruguayan Leodán González. He expelled Carrascal (m.60) with a direct red and admonished Gustavo Gómez, De Paula, Danilo, Emerson, Borré and De la Cruz

Incidents: first leg of the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores played at the Libertadores de América stadium, in the province of Buenos Aires.