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Five-star River Plate hammer Racing in Supercopa Argentina-2019 final

River Plate were crowned champions of the Supercopa Argentina-2019 on Thursday night after hammering Racing Club 5-0 in the first ever match at the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, in Santiago del Estero.

River Plate were crowned champions of the Supercopa Argentina-2019 on Thursday night after hammering Racing Club 5-0 in the first ever match at the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, in Santiago del Estero.

The 30,000-capacity venue saw a memorable if one-sided debut game, as the Millo dominated Racing to claim the trophy. The damage was done in a devastating 13-minute spell, in which River went from 1-0 to runaway winners.

Colombian striker Rafael Santos Borré scored first in the 31st minute, with a powerful header from the corner. Racing remained in with a chance until the middle of the second 45, when La Academia slumped, wilting under pressure from the Núñez side. 

Then in a flurry, goals came from Julián Álvarez (68), Nicolás de la Cruz (70), an own goal from Racing's Leonel Miranda (72, own goal), and finally Matías Suárez (80), as River ended the contest emphatically, leaving both sides to play out a less eventful final period. 

This is River's second Supercopa Argentina triumph, following the win over arch rivals Boca in Mendoza in 2017. It is the 12th title claimed by coach Marcello Gallardo, who has been in charge for almost seven full seasons. This final, dating back to 2019, was long delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

– TIMES/AFP

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