The forward, who started due to the absence of Colombian Borré, sealed the victory with a popcorn.
It is a cry that sounds more like the roar of a wild brown bear that has just hunted its prey. It is Lucas Pratto who opened his mouth and stuck out his entire throat for his goal scream, the second for River on the night of Avellaneda, who sentenced the first victory in the Professional League Cup. The forward’s powerful celebration has little to do with the way he did it.
It will have been one of the easiest goals to do in his career, but it has a very important meaning for him. He had not scored in local football for almost 18 months – the last ones, for the Super League Cup, against Atlético Tucumán in May 2019-.
Pratto proved that he is still the Bear Pratto. It was a litmus test for him. At last he had to return to the title in replacement of Rafael Santos Borré. What happened to the Colombian? Although he tested negative in the routine test that all clubs must take before each game, he had close contact with a confirmed positive case of coronavirus and, therefore, must remain preventively isolated for 72 hours, until Monday can undergo a new test.
That is why he had to be immediately deactivated and that opened the door for Pratto, who understood the meeting on Saturday night as the chance he was waiting for. He left the cave on Bear, after winter, revitalized and hungry for goal.
He had a good read on De la Cruz’s first goal as he passed the ball and took the mark. And in addition, he only had to push the ball with the empty goal behind Matías Suárez’s center.
“What worried me the most was the physical, River is one of the best on the continent physically. But I felt good. Socceristically I tried to play one or two touches to gain confidence. At times I did well and at times badly. I took advantage of the opportunity” , analyzed his performance Pratto.
He dedicated the victory to Santos Borré, for whom he entered, highlighted the good movement in 1-0 and explained that he sought to make the sacrifice that the Colombian usually makes in every performance: “The first goal went well by letting the ball pass. I tried give the team the physical work that Rafa (Borré) also does “.
“It is important to score for me. I have to continue down this path,” he summed up his return to goal, number 25 with the River shirt on, that of the red band with which he once again felt important.