River wins Supercopa Argentina in come-from-behind victory

The Millonario beat Estudiantes 2-1 to lift its third title with Demichelis as head coach

River Plate managed a comeback victory to beat Estudiantes de La Plata 2-1 and win the Supercopa Argentina. The game, played at Córdoba’s Mario Alberto Kempes stadium, pits the winner of the Liga Profesional against the Copa Argentina champions. This is the third time River has won the title, more than any other team in Argentine football.

Estudiantes started off on the right foot. Coach Eduardo Domínguez’s team pressed high up the pitch to snuff River’s attack and got a quick reward. Just three minutes in, a cross from deep by Colombian Edwuin Cetré found striker Javier Correa running into space to beat River’s defense and score 1-0.

River regained its composure as the match progressed, with good scoring chances from “Nacho” Fernández and Paulo Díaz, but the Pincha’s goalkeeper Matías Mansilla managed to keep his team in the lead with some big saves to end the first half.

The Millonario started the second half pushing hard to tie, but the crowd grew restless as minutes passed and the score remained the same. Chants evan began urging head coach Martín Demichelis to bring on the club’s promising youth academy players such as Claudio Echeverri and Franco Mastantuono.

River finally caught a break in the 80th minute. A passing combination between midfielders Pablo Solari and Santiago Simón got the latter in front of goal, with his shot bouncing off Zaid Romero for an own goal to make it 1-1.

The goal emboldened Demichelis’ side, which pushed for a late winner. It got it when midfielder Rodrigo Aliendro took aim from long range in the 91st minute of added time, slotting it in the top right corner of the goal for the final 2-1.

Demichelis, who celebrated the second goal with visible enthusiasm, gave his reasons in the press conference. “I wanted to dedicate this win to every River fan, that’s why I [did it]. I didn’t want it to slip away from us.”

“I’m a River fan too, and I celebrate goals,” added the River boss. “My family was also there, and they’re often in the line of fire. It’s only thanks to them that I’ve been able to avoid the armchair coaches out there; otherwise, we’d be changing the starting 11 every day.”

This was River’s third title under Demichelis, after winning the Liga Profesional and the Trofeo de Campeones in 2023.


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