River Plate of Argentina registered a win against Santa Fe of Colombia despite not having their regular goalkeeper for the game in the Copa Libertadores. Amid a covid outbreak in their squad, River Plate had to play an outfield player as their goalkeeper and was without any substitutes. But the side still managed to shock the visitors by registering a 2-1 win.
Marcelo Gallardo, the team’s boss, had ten fit players for the match against Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe. The visitors were also dealing with their own issues, having recently reported five positive cases of COVID-19.
Enzo Pérez, the midfielder, was named as the club’s goalkeeper on Tuesday. Pérez was earlier ruled out with a hamstring injury. However, given the desperate circumstances, the club considered him fit enough to play as a goalkeeper.
Perez would have loved to go home with a clean sheet, but Kelvin Osorio snatched that away by beating him in front of the goal in the 73rd minute.
After the memorable win with a depleted squad, La Banda leads Group D of Copa Libertadores. They will now face Fluminese on May 26 to solidify their position at the top of the group.