In the impasse over the FIFA Date, in which the South American Qualifiers Looking ahead to the next World Cup, River Plate appeared with a substitute formation and in the end managed to draw 2-2 in the visit to Colo Colo in the Sodimac International Challenge, at the Ester Roa Rebolledo Stadium in Concepción, Chile. The meeting had exclusive broadcast on Star+.
The group directed by Martín Demichelis, one of the leaders of the League Cup, has a good chance of qualifying for the next instance of the local competition. For this match he did not have some figures due to the different calls to the National Teams, among them the former Colombian Pablo Solari, who was summoned to the Under 23 team led by Javier Mascherano.
For its part, The Chilean team is in third position in the local tournament, with three dates remaining and four points behind the leader, Cobresal. And the homeowner was more firm and precise, but could not win in front of his supporters.
A few minutes after a header that hit the crossbar, Leandro Benegas Yes, he was able to shout a goal. At 19, a great enablement of Leonardo Gil for Pablo Parra It ended in the maximum penalty. The striker touched it with the tip to continue launching and Marcelo Herrera he lowered it. Benegas He converted the penalty at 22 and thus the Cacique fans celebrated the opening of the scoring in an open match, with a lot of dynamics and risky actions in front of the goals.
Half an hour into the game, Maximiliano Falcon deprived the visit of the partial tie, after the shot of Enzo Diaz. Immediately afterwards, another save from River by Demichelis, in the face of a new almost lethal attack by Parra, showing himself to be dangerous in each participation in front of the white fans. And instantly the archer Jose Ballesteros He avoided the fall of his fence due to a shot from the Colombian Miguel Borja. In another attack, but for the local, the goalkeeper Ezequiel Centurion He covered up another very clear situation for Benegas.
After halftime, when Chilean athletes who stood out in recent events were feted Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, there was a more imprecise crossing and without the excitement of the first part. Only at 17 minutes did the first action of real danger appear: a great header from Díaz that Ballesteros deflected into the corner. Colo Colo continued to be better, against a River already without as much possession of the ball and without associated play. Equal, At 81 he reached equality thanks to a strong low shot from the young man. Tobias Leivaentered by Borja, at the rival goalkeeper’s near post.
Y When it seemed that they would be even, Gil appeared to give a brilliant authorization to Leandro Fernandez, who defined perfectly and, with only two minutes left, sealed the 2-1 in favor of Colo Colo. Thus, the local team was left with a victory for which they did more merits. But soon it appeared David Martinez and, with a header, he scored the final 2-2with eight electrifying minutes at the close.
Colo Colo and River have already faced each other 30 times, six in official matches and, with this Wednesday’s duel, in 24 friendlies. There were 18 victories for the Millonario, six for the Cacique and in six they ended tied.
On Friday, in search of giving more minutes and filming to those who usually do not start, River will play another friendly, called Challenge of Champions, against Independent Rivadaviarecent champion of the First National that achieved promotion to the First Division, at the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza.
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