“I have no doubt that the team will show a great display of character in important moments. We will work in harmony at the River Camp to be able to win at La Bombonera, because River has not achieved it there for a long time and institutionally deserves to win there, and so do we. We are going to work, we are going to redouble our efforts to go play and win at La Bombonera. We are going to be very predisposed to sacrifice, effort, training and the discipline that this entails; and I have no doubt that we will be prepared.” With those words, Martín Demichelis made it clear how important this Sunday’s game will be, starting at 2 p.m., against Boca Juniors at the Alberto J. Armando stadium within the framework of the seventh round of the League Cup.
Those from Núñez have not celebrated on the field of those from La Ribera since September 23, 2018, when they won 2-0 thanks to goals from Gonzalo Pity Martínez (against Banfield he added his first minutes since his return after leaving behind a severe ligament injury) and Ignacio Scocco, from the then Super League. He then played about six games, in which he achieved four draws and two defeats.
But the deficit is not only in the house of his longtime rival. Although the Millionaire was the champion of the last Professional League, its irregular performance in the tournament generated some doubts and one of the main focuses of attention is placed on one of the team’s pending issues so far this season: winning visitor.
In their last excursion away from the Antonio Vespucio Liberti, those led by Martín Demichelis suffered and drew 1 to 1 against Banfield, a team that is bidding to remain in the highest category of Argentine soccer. They started at the top thanks to a carom goal from Pablo Solari, but Ignacio Rodríguez decreed parity at Florencio Sola.
With this result, River Plate only won one of its last 13 away games (beat 4 to 1 against Drill, but on Date 20 of the Professional League). In this streak he suffered six draws and six falls. The number could increase to 14 if the defeat against Talleres de Córdoba for the Argentine Cup is taken into account, since the match was played in a neutral venue such as the Malvinas Stadium in Mendoza.
To find numbers similar to this meager streak, you have to go back to the 2013-14 season, when Ramón Díaz (today in Botafogo, Brazil) was the coach of the red band crossed on the chest. With the Rioja native in charge, the team won one of fourteen games between the local tournament and the Copa Sudamericana.
However, the current numbers are far from the worst series of results in the institution’s history. In 2009, the Millionaire accumulated 17 consecutive games without scoring three outside the Monumental stadium. It included four draws and 13 losses. The coaches of this series of results were Néstor Gorosito (16 games) and Leonardo Astrada (one game).
River Plate’s bad streak as a visitor:
1-1 vs Atlético Tucumán (Date 14, Professional League)
5-1 Fluminense (Group D, Libertadores Cup)
2-1 Workshops (Date 16, Professional League)
1-1 Sporting Cristal (Group D, Copa Libertadores)
2-2 Vélez (Date 18, Professional League)
1-4 Banfield (Date 20, Professional League)
2-1 Barracas Central (Date 22, Professional League)
0-0 San Lorenzo (Date 24, Professional League)
3-3 Rosario Central (Date 26, Professional League)
2-1 Inter de Porto Alegre (first leg, round of 16, Copa Libertadores)
3-2 Argentinos Juniors (Date 1, League Cup)
2-0 Vélez (Date 3, League Cup)
1-1 Banfield (Date 6, League Cup)