They met in the first leg of the round of 16. 

They met in the first leg of the round of 16. 

With a penalty goal by Lucas Janson, Vélez Sarsfield won 1-0 against River Plate on Wednesday at the stadium José Amalfitani, in a match valid for one of the Argentine series of the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores.

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 They met in the first leg of the round of 16. 

Janson's solitary penalty goal in the 15th minute allowed Fortín to take the lead in this meeting of Argentine teams, facing the second leg that will be played next Wednesday, July 6 at the Monumental stadium.

Vélez came out determined from the start to impose his electric and intense style of play, but in the first ten minutes River twice dangerously hit the goal defended by Lucas Hoyos: in the 6th minute Enzo Fernández shot over the crossbar and two minutes then Julián Álvarez took a shot that was stopped by the local goalkeeper.

The home team did not surrender and in the 13th minute a double error by Héctor Martínez ended with a foul on Janson, which the striker himself changed for a goal in the penalty that he calmly executed to the left of goalkeeper Franco Armani. ?From that moment on, River had a new option through Braian Romero, who received a good clearance from Enzo Fernández in the 31st minute but between Gómez and Hoyos they were in charge of neutralizing.

At the end of the first half, the best version of Gallardo's River was seen, which was able to equalize in the 38th minute with a combination between José Paradela and Álvarez that ended with a weak shot by the striker at the hands of Lucas Hoyos. In the second half, River had the entry of Colombian Juan Fernando Quintero instead of Esequiel Barco, but he did not have such a positive impact on the visiting game.

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Vélez grew with the complement and had three clear options to increase the advantage: at 52 Lucas Pratto had a one-on-one against Armani who defined poorly, in 66 it was the admitted Abiel Osorio who could not finish a great move and three minutes later it was Osorio himself who was unable to push an exact pass into the goal that required another appearance by the Millionaire's goalkeeper.

In the Last minute it was Vélez who could have left with a greater advantage after Osorio won a duel against Enzo Pérez and took a shot that hit the crossbar.


1. Velez Sarsfield: Lucas Hoyos; Leonardo Jara, Matías De Los Santos, Diego Gómez and Francisco Ortega; Nicolás Garayalde (m.83, Santiago Cáseres), Máximo Perrone (m.83, Agustín Mulet) and Luca Orellano (m.64, Julián Fernández); Lucas Pratto (m.90, Santiago Castro), Lucas Janson and Walter Bou (m.64, Abiel Osorio). Trainer: Alexander Medina.

0. River Plate: Franco Armani; Emanuel Mammana (m.61, Marcelo Herrera), Paulo Díaz, David Martínez and Milton Casco; Enzo Perez; Enzo Fernández, José Paradela (m.61, Rodrigo Aliendro) (m.88, Agustín Palavecino) and Esequiel Barco (m.46, Juan Fernando Quintero); Julián Álvarez and Braian Romero (m.61, Lucas Beltrán). Coach: Marcelo Gallardo.

Goal: 1-0, m.15: Lucas Janson, from a penalty.

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