At the Independiente stadium, River Plate beat Rosario Central on Saturday 2-1 for the second date of the Argentine Professional League Cup.
The millionaire goals were scored by the Uruguayan Nicolás de la Cruz at 21 and Lucas Pratto at 76. Emiliano Vecchio scored for Central from a penalty in the discounts.
It was the first victory in the contest for the riverplatenses, who are part of Group 3 and have had to play as locals at the Libertadores de América stadium because they did not obtain the endorsement of the national soccer authorities to host the matches on their practice field. El Monumental, the usual home of the Millionaire complex, undergoes a remodeling.
In a match that started unfavorable, De la Cruz made an outstanding play. He found an alley, accelerated and defined with mastery of the right for the first goal.
“I am very satisfied with the performance of the team,” said De la Cruz.
Central had the opportunity to tie at 33, but Lucas Gamba’s touch was neutralized by Franco Armani. The goalkeeper thwarted another situation at 46 against Vecchio.
The match began to be decided with the expulsion of the scoundrel Joaquín Laso at 61. The defender committed an infraction to prevent a clear goal play.
With more spaces, River got the second. After a rebound, Pratto defined as a popcorn alone in front of the goal.
At 83, Diego Novaretti prevented the third millionaire goal, clearing over the goal line.
Vecchio scored from the 12 steps in discounts.
For Group 5, San Lorenzo defeated Estudiantes 2-0. Mariano Peralta Bauer opened the account at 33 after an assist from Paraguayan Oscar Romero.
At 66, the rojiblanco Mauricio Guzmán committed a foul for which he saw the red. Ángel Romero, Óscar’s twin brother, took the direct free kick that hit the net.
“It was a fairly even game. With the expulsion and the goal, the game was decided ”, assured the punctured international Javier Mascherano. “Glad to play football again.”
“We needed victory. Happy with how it was played, ”said Ángel Romero.
The San Lorenzo shirt showed the legend: “60,000 times thanks” in recognition of the members who paid their fees despite not having first-team games with the public for more than seven months.
Banfield beat Godoy Cruz 1-0 in Group 3. The Verdiblanco goal was scored by Colombian Mauricio Cuero at 57 with a great free kick.