El Millonario take on Sporting Cristal in Lima for the fourth leg of the Copa Libertadores and the side looking to qualify for the round of 16 is already shaping up to be a key fixture.
The Copa Libertadores is River’s main objective this year, and his journey in the tournament has been far from a path of roses and it is not yet a path of thorns., the result against Sporting Cristal in Lima will set the course for Martin Demichelis’ side in the continent’s most important competition. A win in Peru may be a relief given the last two dates are at home, but the fall will see Martin Demichelis’ side win their remaining games and wait for other results.
River has a team of the highest hierarchy, in fact it will also fight the Libertadores against the Brazilians, but it must be shown on the field. Billionaire’s journey in the cup started with a defeat at the top of La Paz against The Strongest, followed by a 4-2 win against Sporting Cristal in Nuñez and on the last date they lost 5-1 against Fluminense at the Maracana. game since Demichelis took over.
There will be a drop-off in the clash against Sporting Cristal: Leandro González Pires was sent off against Fluminense in Brazil and will have to meet a suspension date. Emanuele Mammana has a knee problem and he will not go to Lima or be part of the game, because of which Micho will repeat the central defense he played last weekend against Plattens.
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Although Martín Demichelis is yet to confirm, the usual starters are expected to play, with Robert Rojas replacing González Pirez. XI to face Sporting Crystal next Thursday from 9:00pm: Franco Armani; Milton Helmet, Robert Rojas, Paulo Diaz, Enzo Diaz: Enzo Perez, Rodrigo Aleandro, Nicolas de la Cruz, Nacho Fernandez, Ezequiel Fargo; Lucas Beltran.
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