River got a new title and Marcelo Gallardo won his first local tournament as the Millionaire’s coach.
Here we tell you which were the 13 championships that the Doll won since he took office in 2014.
The first title of the Gallardo era. River had not won an international tournament since 1997 and it was a debt that the club owed. A special value for having eliminated Boca in the semifinals.
He had to go to the Recopa and beat San Lorenzo, who had won the Libertadores. He won 1-0 in both games with goals from Carlos Sánchez and had an extraordinary Barovero in the return leg.
After paying off the outstanding debt at the international level, the dream was the Libertadores, a title that had not been achieved since 1996. He miraculously managed to overcome the group stage, he had the pepper spray episode in the round of 16 and then came the most beautiful part: comeback in Brazil against Cruzeiro, qualification for the final against Guaraní in Paraguay and title against Tigres at the Monumental.
Hours after winning the Libertadores, it was necessary to travel to Japan to play the Suruga Bank. It was beaten 3-0 against Gamba Osaka. The difference was abysmal.
A new Recopa and a new title. After equaling 0-0 in Colombia, he defined the contest at the Monumental and was a 2-1 victory.
The first local title for Gallardo. It was the 2016 Argentine Cup, in a final remembered against Central. El Millonario won 4-3 in Córdoba and was the necessary way to qualify for the Libertadores.
A very special finale. River came from a painful elimination in the Libertadores against Lanús and was looking to close the year with a title. It was a 2-1 victory against Atlético Tucumán and the joy of maintaining the tradition of celebrating.
The year couldn’t have started better. River beat Boca 2-0 in the Argentine Super Cup. A game that had generated a lot of curiosity and that defined a title. The Xeneize arrived better in the futoblístico, but the “paternity” of Gallardo against Boca returned to say present. “Playing badly all these months was part of the strategy,” declared the coach after the match.
The most important title of the Gallardo era. An extraordinary Libertadores, who was able to celebrate against Boca at the Santiago Bernabéu. The eternal final was for the Millionaire, in a match that will not be forgotten. That Cup was very special, since it was not easy: Racing in the round of 16, Independiente in the quarterfinals, Gremio in the semifinals and Boca in the final.
The Recopa returned to River in 2019. After losing 1-0 in Brazil, the Millionaire managed to turn the series around at the Monumental. 3-0 with goals from Ignacio Fernández, Lucas Pratto and Matías Suárez
Another Argentine Cup that served to end the pain of an important defeat. River had just lost the final against Flamengo in the Libertadores and beat Central Córdoba 3-0 to add a new local title.
After a 2020 without titles, the Millionaire returned to celebrate and the 12th title for Gallardo at the club arrived. The club’s most winning coach added a new trophy in their showcases and River gave Racing no option: 5-0 and obtaining another Super Cup.
The first local championship for Gallardo. He did it when there are still three dates left until the end of the tournament. A formidable task and now he must play a final against Colón for a new title.
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