Player Ratings

River 0-3 Palmeiras: Best and worst performers from Copa Libertadores semi-final

The Brazilian side have taken a commanding lead in the tie after a dazzling first-leg performance in Buenos Aires

 
11:09am on Wednesday 6th January 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Palmeiras are in pole position to reach the Copa Libertadores final after surprising River Plate with an excellent 3-0 away victory in Argentina on Wednesday.

In the first leg of the tie, which took place at Independiente's Estadio Libertadores de America Avellaneda, goals from Rony, Luiz Adriano, and Matias Vina sealed the win for the Brazilian side.

River 0-3 Palmeiras: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

But who were the standout performers in the South American contest?

✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE

Alan Empereur: 7.7

Alan Empereur played on the left of the back three in the game, and barely gave strikers Matias Suarez and Rafael Santos Borre a sniff when they were in his vicinity.

The 26-year-old won the majority of his duels (6/8) and 100% of his attempted tackles (2/2) while he also made seven interceptions and two clearances.

Remarkably, though, he only completed eight passes during his time on the pitch.

BAD PERFORMANCE

Jorge Carrascal: 5.6

Twenty-two-year-old Jorge Carrascal was already having a poor match before he decided to petulantly kick out at Gabriel Menino to get himself sent off.

The scoreline was only 2-0 at this point so River would have fancied themselves to get at least one goal back, making the scoreline significantly more positive heading into the second leg. Instead, they went a man down, and conceded again.

Prior to that, Carrascal only won 2/8 duels which perhaps contributed to his frustration.

STAR MAN

Matias Vina: 7.7

The man who got the third and final goal for Palmeiras, and arguably killed the tie off, was Vina, who was the beneficiary of a well-worked set-piece to glance a header into the bottom corner following a delivery from Gustavo Scarpa.

It was a deserved goal, as throughout the game he won 4/5 duels, 100% of his tackles (3/3), and made a huge 11 ball recoveries.

River 0-3 Palmeiras: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

Latest news

Premier League

Premier League Table: Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool all win

The top three in the Premier League all won on Wednesday evening as Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool all battle it out for the title.

  • 5 hours
Standings

La Liga Table: Real Madrid go seven points clear with Athletic win

Real Madrid go seven points clear at the top of La Liga after beating Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday evening in the Spanish capital.

  • 6 hours
Predicted XI

How Man Utd and Arsenal could line up in the Premier League

The Ralf Rangnick era starts at Manchester United on Thursday, even if he won't actually be in the dugout...

  • 16 hours
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Muller stays top with Mbappe and Salah in close pursuit

Thomas Muller is now the outright leader in the standings, but Mo Salah and Kylian Mbappe have closed the gap and are level with Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema.

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Front three good to go - How Liverpool could line up in Merseyside derby against Everton

Jurgen Klopp has several injury concerns, but his first choice front three of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, and Sadio Mane are fit to play.

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Lukaku back in the starting XI? - How Chelsea could line up against Watford

Romelu Lukaku hasn't started a game for Chelsea since his injury against Malmo in the Champions League, but he could be handed a start against Watford

  • 1 day

Most read