A Superliga round twelve fixture being crammed into midweek may not have been ideal but it provided River Plate with an opportunity to end the dreadful run of form that has seen their season come off the tracks. In-form Uníon were the visitors to El Monumental and although made to work hard for the points, River battled to a 2-0 win.
Clearly still far from their best, Marcelo Gallardo’s side threatened in patches and while River had the better of possession, Unión provided an ever-present threat.
Franco Soldano, reportedly a possible transfer target for River, wasted at least two good opportunities and Javier Pinola sliced the ball against his own post as the visitors came close to breaking the deadlock.
However, River’s determination to end the run that has seen their Copa Libertadores dream dashed and any hopes of lifting the Superliga extinguished shone through.
Rafael Santos Borré nodded in from close range after Ignacio Scocco’s attempted bicycle kick bounced across the face of goal and shortly after, the points were secured thanks to Gonzalo Martínez’s penalty.
The result may have been harsh on Unión, who missed the chance to climb into second, but River will not care a jot. The result was all that mattered and with the three points, Los Millonarios jumped up into ninth, some nine points adrift of Boca.