River Plate’s chances of promotion took a huge hit after they were beaten by Belgrano in the first of the two legged race. Just after River concede the second goal a group of addled fans storm the pitch and start an altercation with the players and push and shove one of them. They take off and scale the sky high barricades as the stadium reverberates to barracking supporters. The side now have the second leg on Sunday to try and claw out a victory over Belgrano.
Tim Vickery explains why a storied club like River Plate would find it almost impossible to get relegated and only a gradual slide over a number of years has brought on this crisis that tells a tale of financial mismanagement, poor coaching choices, and anti-football.
Los Millonarios have never been relegated in their 110 year history. Alfredo Di Stefano grew up here one of the many legendary players that made River Plate home. On Sunday the most titled club in Argentinian history find themselves on the brink of a monumental fall from grace.