In the first minutes of the complement of the match between Atlético Mineiro-River Plate for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, The front Hulk approached Marcelo gallardo and greeted him. The Brazilian put his right hand on the left shoulder of the Doll, said something to him and then shook his hand.
It was at 49 minutes at a time that the game stopped to assist Guga, who was left on the floor and after being treated, coach Cuca replaced him with Mariano. At that moment when the camera on the playing field caught that the gunner Hulk approached the substitute bench of the Argentine team.
The gesture of the conciliatory forward towards the DT. It is possible that he interpreted that the Argentine coach was upset about something. It was a brief talk where Hulk was in profile and Gallardo with the mask, it could not be clear what they said, although it did not seem that there was any problem between them.
The Brazilian attacker was one of the figures of his team and of the match. He was very active throughout the first half where the locals were far superior to their rival. Especially in the first ten minutes where they imposed a frantic pace that put River Plate on the ropes.
In the first eight minutes, the Galo already had three concrete chances in that short period of time, the millionaire goalkeeper, Franco Armani, showed off and avoided the fall of his go. Although at 22 minutes the Mineiro opened the scoring with a scissor goal from the Argentine Matías Zaracho.
Although the River Plate cast was deluded with a header from Matías Suárez, a few minutes later he suffered another knife that was almost a mortal wound in his aspirations to advance to the semifinals.
Hulk converted one of the goals of the Brazilian team and his conversion was high invoice with a Vaseline in the first half. At 69 minutes he was replaced and was applauded by the 16,000 fans of the local team who were able to attend Mineirao.
In the second half, Zaracho himself scored the second of his personal account. It was after an arrival of Venezuelan Jefferson Savarino who did not lose a ball, he sent the center that was connected by the former Racing midfielder who anticipated the entire defense of River Plate.
River Plate arrived at Mineirao with the mission of winning, the only result that helps them advance to the round since in the first leg they lost by the minimum with the goal of their former player, Ignacio Fernandez, who was expelled from the Monumental Stadium and cannot be present on Wednesday night.
With the victory as the only valid result, from time to time Cuca’s team hit the Argentine team that was once again eliminated from the Copa Libertadores against a Brazilian team. In the 2020 edition, they fell in the semifinals against Palmeiras, who were later crowned champion of the most important club tournament on the continent.
Atlético Mineiro went to the semifinals where they will face another Brazilian team, Palmeiras himself, who has just eliminated San Pablo.