River beat Platense with controversy: from the defensive blooper to Gallardo’s complaint

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River and Platense closed the day on Sunday that defined the quarterfinal matches of the Professional League Cup. In the Millionaire’s victory by 2 to 1, there was several key plays that determined the development of the game and that they had to talk. The most striking was the controversial penalty with which Núñez’s team won, after an alleged infraction that the referee Patricio Loustau did not even go to see the VAR. In addition, a defensive blooper by River led to a tie for Calamar, who was not charged a penalty.

After 10 minutes of play, River took the lead with a goal from José Paradela. However, the Millionaire’s joy was short-lived because, three minutes later, a defensive misunderstanding allowed Platense to reach the tie. Goalkeeper Ezequiel Centurión (who replaced Franco Armani) played with Leandro González Pires. After the defender returned, neither the goalkeeper nor Emanuel Mammana went to look for it, so Horacio Tijanovich took advantage of it, who put the River players to sleep and touched for Brian Mansilla, who made it 1-1.

Previously, when the game was still goalless, there was a González Pires infringement on Tijanovichwhom he hits with his elbow in the neck, inside the River area that was not sanctioned.

The great controversy of the night occurred after half an hour of the second half. Elías Gómez went to look for a past center with Ignacio Schor. Inside the area, the Platense player threw himself to prevent the side from sending the center and, at that moment, the River man fell. Immediately, Loustau did not hesitate and charged a penalty, beyond the doubts that remained about the alleged infraction. Without reviewing the play in the VAR despite the request of the visiting players, the penalty was a fact and Julián Álvarez changed it for a goal to score the final 2-1.

Marcelo Gallardo’s complaint

Beyond the triumph of River, who reached the last date with the classification assured, the millionaire coach questioned that the dates and times of the quarterfinals were not established.

“This should be defined beforehand, because we need to have order for the next games. If not, it’s like seeing how to accommodate things as they arise. We don’t know exactly when we are going to play and it should be known on Sunday nightbecause the format was good until now,” said the Doll after the game.

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