River Plate came from behind twice thanks to goals from Sebastián Driussi and Rodrigo Mora to earn a 3-2 victory against San Lorenzo in Mar del Plata in the final match of the triangular Copa Ciudad de Mar del Plata. The win means Independiente finish as champions but more importantly leaves Pablo Guede still without a win as Los Cuervos manager ahead of the Supercopa clash with Boca Juniors in a little over a week.
Enzo Kalinski smashed San Lorenzo in front with barely three minutes on the clock but it was not long before talented youngster Sebastián Driussi poked River level. A slightly fortuitous bounce fell for the 19-year-old and he expertly steered the ball past Sebastián Torrico on the volley.
Shortly before half time, El Ciclón retook the lead when River keeper Augusto Batalla parried Emmanuel Màs’ powerful strike but only as far as Gonzalo Prósperi, who was able to stab in the rebound.
With a second summer superclásico this weekend, River were looking for a boost and just minutes after the restart, Driussi delivered. Gabriel Mercado’s long pass spotted Driussi and a deft first touch brought the ball under control on the edge of the penalty area before it was hammered into the bottom corner.
Recent signing Nacho Fernández was introduced at half time and River didn’t need to wait long to see what we could bring to the side. In the 54th minute, the former Gimnasia midfielder broke free on the left and his clipped cross into the area allowed Rodrigo Mora to head in from close range.
San Lorenzo had Kalinski sent off late on and the result handed Independiente the coveted Copa Ciudad de Mar del Plata. River and San Lorenzo have much bigger things to focus on and Pablo Guede knows that his side must improve if not before the Supercopa, then certainly before the Copa Libertadores begins.