That Wednesday, March 11, sounds too distant for the memory of the River fans. That night a totally empty Monumental in its stands due to a sanction imposed by Conmebol hosted what was until now the last official match of Marcelo Gallardo, which was an overwhelming 8-0 victory against Binational by the second date of the Libertadores Cup.
On the one hand, the flashes of that day remind us that the result seemed incredibly short for everything generated by Gallardo's team that night, who even had the "luxury" of missing two penalties. On the other, the feeling of imagining that the suspension of the Libertadores could be very viable because the virus was already beginning to sink deep into our continent.
Franco Armani; Lucas Martínez Quarta, Robert Rojas and Paulo Díaz; Gonzalo Montiel, Enzo Pérez, Milton Casco, Ignacio Fernández and Nicolás De la Cruz; Matías Suárez and Rafael Santos Borré were the 11 chosen by the Doll to face the Peruvians. The goals were converted by Casco, Borré, Carrascal (entered in Q2), Nacho Fernández (x2), Rojas, Díaz and Suárez.
The formation of River that night against Binational (Getty)
Three days later, River had to contest the start of the Super League Cup, also at the Monumental, against Atlético Tucumán. But there the club made a strong decision in which time would prove him right. Due to the risks of contagion by the coronavirus, on Friday, March 13, an official statement was issued informing the total closure of the institution and the non-presentation of the team to the Tucumans, who had to play the other day.
River was the only one of the teams in all categories of Argentine football that decided not to expose itself that weekend and a few days later the AFA and the Superliga decided to cut that tournament that only lasted for one date and today is an anecdote. From then on, both the professional team and all the youth divisions went to quarantine their respective homes, and continue to train virtually every day under the orders of the club's physical trainers.
Today, March 11, two months after that last game of the Greatest, there is still uncertainty about when the competition will return locally and internationally. There is not even a possible date for the return to group training. Today health is paramount, and football must wait for the winds to calm down once and for all.
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