It was twelve years ago when Talleres last hosted River in the top flight and despite La T defeating the likes of Javier Mascherano, Lucho González and Marcelo Gallardo that day it didn’t prevent the Córdobes giants slipping down the Argentine football ladder. On Sunday night, River and Gallardo returned to face a revitalised Talleres side that hadn’t lost in 36 matches and in front of a packed Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes were looking to upset the visiting grande.
There were certainly shaky moments for River and the home side proved, just as they did against Racing two weeks ago, that they will be no pushovers this season. However, around the hour mark Ecudorian Arturo Mina blasted in his first goal for River after Sebastián Driussi’s initial shot had been saved and it proved to be enough to take all three points.
Both sides had carved out openings prior to the goal but River had begun to turn the screw in the second half.
Ahead after Mina’s goal and with pressure increasing Talleres lost their cool and veteran midfielder Pablo Guiñazú was sent off for a reckless tackle having already been shown one yellow card.
Fernando Godoy followed the captain for an early bath late on as River held on for victory. It wasn’t as conclusive as the win over Banfield on the opening weekend but Marcelo Gallardo will be pleased with his side’s 100% side and renewed confidence.