River Plate seeks to get into the semifinals of the Argentine Cup against Patronato in La Rioja

River and Board of Trustees meet in La Rioja for a place in the semifinals of the Argentine Cup (AFP)

After Banfield’s victory on penalties over Godoy Cruz, the Argentine Cup continues this Wednesday with three clashes that define the last semifinalists. One of them comes from the interesting duel between River Plate and Patronato in the Luna Market in La Rioja. The referee is Fernando Espinoza.

El Millonario, who won only one of his last four matches, arrives beaten to this match and with the need to advance to the next round so that one more way to qualify for the next edition of the Copa Libertadores remains latent.

Away from the top of the Professional League (he was nine behind the leader Atlético Tucumán with six games to go), his other possibility of entering the maximum continental competition is the Annual Table. With an accumulated 61 points today he would be accomplishing his task, but three below Argentinos Juniors appears, his opponent this Sunday.

This day, in addition, is special for those of Núñez, since a new edition of the Day of the fan of River Plate is commemorated.

Faced with this football downturn, Marcelo Gallardo makes some changes. One is a must, since Franco Armani meets with the Argentine team. In this way, Ezequiel Centurión continues in the millionaire arc.

In defence, Andrés Herrera returns to 11 in place of Héctor David Martínez, thus moving Milton Casco to left back. In the central defense, before the loss of Paulo Díaz and the annoyance that Emanuel Mammana drags, are the experienced Jonatan Maidana and Javier Pinola.

In the middle, the surprise: Enzo Pérez handles the strings of the midfield together with Bruno Zuculini, while Agustín Palavecino and Juan Fernando Quintero are further forward. Above, the trident is broken and Pablo Solari and Lucas Beltrán play, who again won the arm wrestling match against Miguel Borja.

El Patron, who has accumulated three games without victories in the local tournament, has as a priority to add to increase the average and keep alive the hope of continuing one more season in the highest category of Argentine soccer. Given this scenario, Facundo Sava preserves some of his main figures ahead of the weekend’s clash against Atlético Tucumán.

The winner of this cross will be measured in the next instance against the winner of the clash that Boca Juniors and Quilmes will later star in.


River: Ezekiel Centurion; Marcelo Herrera, Jonathan Maidana, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Enzo Pérez, Bruno Zuculini, Agustín Palavecino, Juan Fernando Quintero; Pablo Solari and Lucas Beltran. DT: Marcel Gallardo.

Patronage: Facundo Altamirano; Raúl Lozano, Sergio Ojeda, Carlos Quintana, Lucas Kruspzky; Justo Giani, Tiago Banega, Nicolás Castro, Sebastián Medina; Jonathan Herrera and Marcelo Estigarribia. DT: Facundo Savas.

Stadium: Moon Market (La Rioja).

Referee: Fernando Spinoza.

Television: TyC Sports.


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