The inconsistency in Pity Martínez’s game has led to something of a fractious relationship with River Plate supporters but when the 23-year-old is in the mood, Marcelo Gallardo’s side are a real force and on Tuesday evening, this was evident as Los Millonarios defeated Lanús in La Fortaleza.
José Sand had given the Primera champions the lead ten minutes before half time, poking a loose ball into the net after it had bobbled around the penalty area and while Martínez and River had threatened it was after the break that their superiority showed.
Within minutes of the restart, Pity hooked the ball back into the Lanús box after a corner had been initially cleared and it fell to a suspiciously offside Ariel Rojas to smash in his first goal since returning to the club.
With the match in the balance, Martínez swung it in River’s favour in the 79th minute thanks to a slice of good fortune. The midfielders free-kick clipped the Lanús wall, wrong-footing Esteban Andrade and nestled into the bottom corner.
Substitute Carlos Auzqui wrapped up the points, stabbing in Lucas Alario’s cutback in stoppage time and River celebrated only a third away win of the season.