“Sparks are drawn wanting to win a place”, metaphor Marcelo gallardo describing how their players compete for a place on the starting team of River. As well: Federico Girotti seems to have understood – in that tone – that he must stay on if he wants to stay with the ramming post before the imminent confirmation of the pass from Rafa Borré to the Eintracht. He showed it in the friendly against Florida Soldiers: played as a starter and scored two goals in two minutes (one at 25 ‘from the first half; the other, at 27’) for a somewhat alternative alignment.
Girotti -Who, after capitalizing on an action for 1-0, scored the second by capturing a rebound after a play by Simon– made a double with Jorge Carrascal and was surrounded by other juveniles like Santi, Tomás Castro Ponce and Benjamín Rollheiser, you are yours even in some Reserve matches. Thus, similar chemistry was understood between the offensive pack to which Gallardo sought to give minutes, giving them rest as initialists to Agustín Palavecino, Enzo Fernández and José Paradela (he didn’t play either Enzo Perez and relieved him Zuculini). Although in the second half, from the bench there was rotation. The choice: try again Agustin Fontana. And the former Banfield took advantage of it: he scored the third for River for the final 3-1 by taking advantage of a bad start from the rival goalkeeper to define from afar and with expertise.
And in this way, that same 25-year-old forward who acknowledged hours ago that he was “anxious” in his first games in Riversuddenly appears as a viable alternative to Borré. By characteristics it resembles it. And it would not be implausible that Gallardo keep testing it with the plan to keep dosing the occurrences of Girotti, taking it little by little. Of course, also in the bid Lucas Beltran, claimed by Columbus and Julian Alvarez, who in his beginnings in Calchín was a scorer.
In Orlando, while Borré defines his future, two ends are plotting, competing and sparking each other.
Minute by minute
PT 16′ River still can’t break zero against the Florida Soldiers. The rival presents greater resistance than Palm Beach Stars.
PT 20′ Very even game: for now, River cannot clearly generate danger. He is having a hard time giving the last pass to penetrate the rival defense. A free kick from Carrascal to the goalkeeper’s right post, which did not generate any shocks, was the clearest of Gallardo’s team.
PT 22′: River is saved: the 10th Florida Soldiers went toe-to-toe with Lux, but missed the goal.
PT 25′ River’s great goal! When it was difficult to penetrate the rival defense, Federico Girotti connected a volley center.
PT 27′ In a flurry, River is already 2-0. Great overflow from Simón, who threw a good cross that pushed Girotti down the goal. With the result in their favor, Gallardo’s team begins to dominate.
PT 33′ Rollheiser only went toe-to-toe with the goalkeeper, but he defined off the mark.
PT 34′ The Florida Soldiers goalkeeper is cautioned for a hard kick to Carrascal.
PT 45′ The referee ends the first period. It cost River in the first minutes: he could not generate danger and they came clearly to him in a heads up. After Girotti’s double, the team improved.
ST 0′ Gallardo rotates River’s goal for the second half: Enrique Bologna replaces Germán Lux.
ST 6′ Good play between Rollheiser and Girotti, which Carrascal could not define with a head, River was close to the third.
ST 15′ Gallardo makes seven changes and rotates almost the entire team. Lecanda enters for Pinola, Enzo Pérez for Maidana, Peña Biafore instead of Zuculini, Galván enters for Castro Ponce, Paradela for Rollheiser, Fontana replaces Girotti and Suárez for Carrascal. The team was left: Bologna; Vigo, Peña Biafore, Lecanda, Casco; Simón, Enzo Pérez, Galván; Paradela; Suárez and Fontana.
ST 17′ Curiosity that these informal friendlies allow: Simon, cramped, leaves and re-enters Rollheiser.
ST 25′ Just 10 minutes on the court are enough for Fontana to celebrate his second goal in these preseason friendlies. River wins 3-0.
ST 28′ After a foul by Lecanda inside the area (he was booked), the Florida Soldiers took a penalty. Now 3-1.
ST 37′ Fontana wasted two heads up in a matter of minutes.
ST 40′ Due to a muscular discomfort, Peña Biafore leaves the court and Zuculini re-enters
ST 41′ River is denied the fourth: the goalkeeper covered another hand in hand with Fontana.
ST 45′ Full Time. River won 3-1 in their second friendly. With a better face in the second half, he could have extended the lead.
German Lux; Alex Vigo, Jonatan Maidana, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Santiago Simón, Bruno Zuculini, Tomás Castro Ponce; Benjamin Rollheiser; Jorge Carrascal and Federico Girotti.
ST 0′: E. Bologna X G. Lux
ST 15 ‘: T. Lecanda X J. Pinola, E. Pérez X J. Maidana, F. Peña Biafore X B. Zuculini, T. Galván X T. Castro Ponce, J. Paradela X B. Rollheiser, A. Fontana X F. Girotti and M. Suárez to J. Carrascal.
ST 17′: B. Rollheiser X S. Simón.
ST 40′: B. Zuculini X F. Peña Biafore.
The best photos of the friendly
Pinola, in the draw between the captains (Prensa River)
Zuculini, starter in the middle of the court (Prensa River)
Castro Ponce, another with minutes in the friendly (Prensa River).
Rollheiser, from Hitch (River Press).
On the right side, Gallardo decided to put Alex Vigo (Prensa River).
Gallardo tried Santiago Simón as an intern on the right (Prensa River).
Carrascal, at the top (Prensa River).
Girotti scored a double (River Press).