BUENOS AIRES, Mar 4 (Reuters) – River Plate lifted the Super Cup on Thursday by defeating Racing Club de Avellaneda 5-0 in a vibrant final that scored four goals in a 12-minute span between two of soccer’s most popular clubs Argentinian.
The decisive match between the league and local cup champions was played at the new Madre de Cities stadium in Santiago del Estero province, inaugurated before the match by President Alberto Fernández.
“Finals are not played every day and we had the challenge at the beginning of the year, but the team appeared again with performance and good quality of play,” coach Marcelo Gallardo told local television after the consecration.
River, who showed ample superiority from the start, opened the scoring in the 30th minute thanks to a header from Colombian Rafael Borré, after a corner kick taken by Uruguayan Nicolás De la Cruz.
Racing responded in the 38th minute with a shot from Tomás Chancalay that hit one of Franco Armani’s goal posts and went wide.
In the second stage, River widened the difference with goals at 69 and 70 minutes scored by Julián Álvarez and De La Cruz, respectively.
The fourth goal came in the 72nd minute through Leonel Miranda against his own goal.
River completed the win in the 80th minute through Matías Suárez, after an assist from Álvarez.
“In the second half we found the spaces and we were very effective,” added Gallardo.
With this conquest, River achieved the 67th title in its history, among 36 local tournaments, 13 national and 18 international cups.
For Gallardo it was his twelfth consecration in just under six years at the helm of the Argentine team.
(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo; Edited by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)