Keeper-less River Plate secure memorable Copa Libertadores win

21 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Keeper-less River Plate secure memorable Copa Libertadores win

A River Plate substitute keeper celebrates after winning a Copa Libertadores match on Wednesday. – Collected Photo

River Plate were forced to play midfielder Enzo Perez in goal and have no substitutes on the bench for a Copa Libertadores match - but still emerged with a 2-1 victory, reports Sky Sports.

River's squad was reduced to 11 available players for Wednesday's game against Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe after 20 players tested positive for Covid-19, with others ruled out due to injury.

Four goalkeepers were among those affected but a request to register their fifth and sixth-choice goalkeepers was rejected by South America's governing body, CONMEBOL.

Veteran midfielder Perez started in goal behind an inexperienced team but was rarely troubled by Independiente, who have yet to win in this year's Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League.

Fabrizio Angileri put River ahead after just three minutes and Julian Alvarez doubled their lead three minutes later.

Kelvin Osorio spoiled Perez's bid for a clean sheet when he scored after 73 minutes for Independiente, who introduced 15-year-old Hollman McCormick late on.

River held on to secure the win and go top in Group D with nine points from five games.