BOGOTÁ ( Associated Press) — With a great performance by goalkeeper Franco Armani, River Plate managed to equalize 1-1 against Fortaleza in Brazil and maintained the condition of leader of Group F of the Copa Libertadores.
In the game played on Thursday at the Castelao stadium, the locals surprised from the start with a goal from Silvio Romero after 4 minutes, after a good collective play.
At 17, the “millionaire” team tied from the penalty spot through Enzo Fernández, after an infraction by defender Marcelo Benevenuto on Tomas Pochettino.
The rest of the first half was dominated by Fortaleza, who forced Armani to push himself up to four times.
In the complementary stage, both teams shared possession and had several opportunities, but they did not have the success to change the result.
The “Lion” claimed a possible foul on striker Kayzer at the entrance to the area, which the Uruguayan judge Esteban Ostojich did not consider an infraction.
After that controversial action, Silvio Romero, who had already been replaced and remained on the substitute bench, was expelled due to the protests.
With this result, River remained undefeated and reached 10 points, while Fortaleza was in third position with 4 units. The other members of the group, Colo Colo and Alianza Lima, closed the day on Thursday later.
In the run-up to the match, the local fans displayed a mosaic in one of the stands with the phrase “Stop Racism” to show their disagreement with the racist incidents that have occurred in the Copa Libertadores, as happened last week in the Colo duels. Colo-River Plate and Catholic University-Flamengo.
In the other match of Group F, Alianza Lima and Colo Colo finished 1-1.
The “Cacique” took advantage through the score of Juan Martín Lucero at 22 minutes.
Shortly after, the forward of the Chilean team wasted a penalty.
In the first play of the second half, Wilmer Aguirre equalized for the “blue and whites”.
With these results, River remained undefeated and reached 10 points, while Colo Colo was second with 7. Fortaleza is third with 4 units and Alianza Lima closes with one.
For Group C, Bragantino and Vélez Sarsfield tied 1-1 in Brazil.
The “Fortín” was in advantage almost the entire game after Lucas Pratto’s goal at 14.
However, six minutes from time, José Hurtado equalized for the Brazilians.
The distribution of points in this match ensured the qualification for the round of 16 for Estudiantes de La Plata, who lead the area with 10 points. Bragantino was left with 5, ahead of Nacional (4) and Vélez Sarsfield (2).