Copa Argentina: River Plate book spot in last 16 with victory over Villa Dálmine (VIDEO)


The last 32 still aren’t yet confirmed but current holders River Plate progressed to the last 16 on Saturday evening with a 3-1 win over Nacional B club Villa Dálmine.

It wasn’t as perhaps as straight forward as the scoreline suggests and River supporters will still be hopeful that the club will make moves in the transfer window before the Copa Libertadores clash against Racing Club but Marcelo Gallardo’s side remain among the favourites to lift the Copa Argentina.

Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani was called into action early but after surviving that early scare, River broke the deadlock. Armani’s opposite number Juan Dobboletta brought down Ignacio Scocco and Gonzalo Martínez stepped up to slot in the resulting penalty.

Ignacio Fernández doubled the lead shortly after the break and although Villa Dálmine had remained in the tie throughout Lucas Pratto sealed it on the hour mark with what initially looked like a spectacular goal. River’s record signing burst into the penalty box and clipped an inch-perfect lob into the far top corner but had the honesty in his post-match interview to confirm it was in fact a mis-hit cross.

Marcos Martinich bundled in a late consolation for Villa Dálmine despite Armani’s best efforts to claw the ball away but River held on for victory.

General Lamadrid or Platense await in the last 16 with the draw having opened up providing River with what looks like a relatively simple run to the semi-finals.

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