Just a little over a year has passed and new Copa Libertadores champions have been crowned since River Plate lifted the trophy but on Thursday evening Marcelo Gallardo’s side faced 2015 Copa Sudamericana winners, Independiente Santa Fe in Bogotá in the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana.
Very little remains of the River side that defeated Tigres for the Libertadores crown in 2015 and Gallardo’s new-look side were largely restricted to testing Santa Fe goalkeeper Robinson Zapata from range.
The home side came closest to a goal when River’s academy replacement for Marcelo Barovero fumbled a cross and required Leonardo Ponzio to spare his blushes with a goal line clearance.
The draw is a decent enough result for River but the lack of an away goal is always a danger and so it is wide open when the two sides meet again next Thursday at the Estadio Monumental.
Independiente Santa Fe 0 – 0 River Plate