The hard fact: River they were bottom of group D with just four points. Encouraging data: the draw thanks to a goal by Rodrigo Aliendro at the National Stadium of Lima against Sporty crystal it allows him to continue to depend on himself to obtain a passport for the next round of the Libertadores Cup. If they win both matches, which will be played at home at the Monumental, they will qualify for the round of 16 without depending on anyone. But if he has another setback, it will be very difficult.
The team of Martin Demichelis will receive on Wednesday 7 June fluminense, leaders with 9 points, with whom they lost 5-1 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Same day, but two hours later, The strongest will play with Sporty crystal at the height of La Paz, where he has won his two games so far. If both win, the Bolivians will be left with 9 points and the millionaire with 7. On the last date, June 27, River will receive the La Paz team and they will define the pass between them.
Now, if the Argentine team draws their next match against Fluminense, it will start to depend on the result of The Strongest, who if they win directly eliminate the Argentine team. But if they draw in La Paz, The Strongest will remain with 7 points and Sporting and River with 5. And everything will be defined at the last date. Even if the Peruvians win at the height, because they will go to 7 points, against the 6 of the Bolivians and the 5 of River, who must win to reach 8 and expect Sporting to lose against the Brazilians.
A fall against the cariocas at the Monumental will obviously decree River’s elimination from the group stage, something that doesn’t happen from the 2009 edition. In that edition, River, directed by Néstor Gorosito, shared group 3 with Nacional of Uruguay, Universidad San Martín of Peru and Nacional of Paraguay. They won two games, drew, lost 3 and finished third in the group.
If this frustrating situation materializes, it would be the eighth time River have failed to get past the group stage. It happened for the first time in 1973, and then in 1977, 1980, 1981, 1991, 1993 (these two with Daniel Passarella as coach) and the happiness of 2009.
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