These are good time for Club Atlético River Plate and its fans. Not just defending champions, but off to a great start in the Torneo de Transición, beating Godoy Cruz in their most recent match 4-0, including two spectacular goals by Carlos Sánchez and Teófilo Gutiérrez, coming from brilliant build plays and passing.
The first goal came in the 2nd minute, as two 1-2 passes sequences down the left wing freed Lionel Vangioni to deliever a fantastic cross to the middle. Sánchez was left wide open to deliver the opening goal with an accurate volley, coming in from behind into the middle of the penalty box.
Tomás Martínez was the assist man on the fourth goal, the second for Gutiérrez in the match. He and the 19-year old striker combined for two 1-2 passes just outside the box, leaving the Colombian striker, who scored once in the World Cup, completely open in a one on one situation to make it two goals for him on the night.
River Plate are the defending champions, winning the 2014 Torneo Final and also adding the Superfinal title after beating San Lorenzo 1-0 in the final. San Lorenzo did go on to win the Libertadores Cup this month so they’re probably not feeling to aggrieved about it.
It was River’s first title since the 2008 Clausra. In between they were also relegated for the first time, but didn’t take very long after making it back to the top flight to find their bearings. They’re currently second in the Torneo de Transición, two points behind Velez with only three matches gone by.