No goalkeepers, no substitutes, no problem: Because all the goalkeepers of the Argentine soccer figurehead CA River Plate had tested positive for COVID-19, midfielder Enzo Perez, who actually cured a muscle injury, had to go into the goal in the group game of the Copa Libertadores – and take it off his task with flying colors.
And since his remaining ten team-mates scored a heroic 2-1 (2-0) against Independiente Santa Fe despite an empty bench, Perez was even named “Man of the Match” because of his saves.
With 20 players out of action due to positive corona tests, River Plate sought the offensive against the Colombians with just eleven men and was already 2-0 up after six minutes. With the win, River took the lead in Group D and only needed a draw to reach the round of 16 in the coming week to conclude the preliminary round.
That is why the Argentine media wrote about Marcelo Gallardo’s greatest success. The River Plate coach has already led the club to two triumphs in the Libertadores Cup, a Copa Sud-Americana and three continental Supercups.