River Plate sweep past Atlanta for Copa Argentina semi final spot (VIDEO)


River Plate booked their place in the Copa Argentina semi-final on Wednesday evening and with it ended the dreams of Primera B Metropolitana club Atlanta after a 4-1 victory in San Juan.

Atlanta had already disposed of Superliga sides San Martín and Belgrano during their cup run but found Marcelo Gallardo’s Copa Libertadores semi-finalists a step too far.

Despite naming a full strength side, River were not at their best but two goals in a minute before half time effectively sealed the tie. Los Millonarios had looked a little flat and were struggling to create any clear chances when a flowing 44th-minute move worked the ball into the path of Uruguayan youngster Marcelo Saracchi. Overlaping from left back the 19-year-old smashed the ball past Rodrigo Lugo at his near post for a first goal since joining River.

Atlanta needed half time but immediately from kick-off gifted the ball to Ignacio Fernández and the midfielder nipped in to stroke the ball into the bottom corner.

The tie never really looked in doubt from that point and when Gonzalo Martínez rifled in a third, fifteen minutes from time, River’s progression was guaranteed.

Adrián Martínez did pull a goal back from close range for the lower league side but within minutes Carlos Auzqui nodded River’s fourth.

River will now face either Olimpo or Deportivo Morón in the semi-final, making Marcelo Gallardo’s side overwhelming favourites.

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