After the sensational 8-0 win over Jorge Wilstermann in the Copa Libertadores on Thursday, River Plate were brought back down to earth on Sunday evening as Argentinos Juniors battled to their first point of the season.
After suffering two defeats already, Los Bichos arrived at the Monumental facing Marcelo Gallardo’s rampant River and few expected a positive result. Even less so when Gonzalo Martínez put River in front from the penalty spot after 18 minutes when Juan Saiz Ortegón was harshly penalised for handball.
However, when River were unable to find a second, Argentinos grew into the game and forced an equaliser thanks to Nicolás González’s cool finish.
A below-par River, after their midweek exploits couldn’t find a winner and so instead dropped their first points of the season, leaving Boca top with the only remaining 100% record. For Argentinos Juniors, it may not have been a first win of the season but such a valuable point bodes well for the future.
Later in Avellaneda and Racing Club, who had also been in midweek cup action, were unable to find a way past San Martín.
Racing understandably dominated possession and created the greater number of chances but the visitors carried a threat of their own and arguably fashioned the clearer opportunities. However, with both sides lacking the required incision and composure it ended goalless.
River Plate 1 – 1 Argentinos Juniors
Racing Club 0 – 0 San Martín