The cold that was felt on the Lanús court, on one of the coolest nights of the year, had nothing to do with the rhythm and vertigo with which River marched on the Garnet field. The Zubeldia team started well, and Pepe Sand missed one of those goals that never misses. But Gallardo’s machine went into motion and began to heat up: tac, tac, tac. Matías Suárez connected with Zuculini: goal. Zucu yielded to De la Cruz: goal. Carrascal looked good and Nico lowered the blind on the match: goal. The 3-0 came too fast, 6 minutes into the second half. And the only thing that followed was to wait for the final whistle.
On the court, Millo did not stop putting and seeking to stretch the win, a hallmark of his coach. But outside it became increasingly difficult to bear the polar wave which was installed for a few days in the center of the country. It felt so cold that Enzo Pérez and Matías Suárez decided to fight it with an old formula, taking a hot drink.
Stuck in those giant camper vans that seemed to be made to be used exclusively on this type of icy occasion, the steering wheel and the forward calmly watched the final minutes of the match. having a hot tea, knowing that the triumph remained for those of Núñez.
Enzo Pérez and Matías Suárez: glasses with tea to combat the cold in Lanús.
Enzo had a good game, adapting as always to each new tactical proposal from Gallardo: a tandem with Zuculini that is working perfectly. The former Racing was going to go to play in the Second B in Italy but chose to stay to fight for a place: not only did he get into the starting eleven, but he is a figure and now he reaches the goal. He owes a good part of that level to his teammates, of course. And especially Enzo.
Next to the man from Mendoza, sipping his hot tea, was Suarez. Very calm. But those who at that time needed to have a tea to calm down were the River fans, worried that the former Belgrano left the court with a discomfort. “It seems to me that it is nothing,” said the forward later, who when he plays well shows world elite credentials. And he has been playing well for several weeks.
This is how River’s game was lived in the South, at least the last hour of play. With the calm of Enzo and Suárez drinking their glasses with tea, knowing that the objective of the three points to catch on in the Professional League table was already consummated. This River is like this: it crushes you, beats you, beats you … and now hot tea.
Matías Suárez left the court with an annoyance. Photo: Marcelo Carroll.