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River-Independiente - Vasco-Flamengo, 15/08/1939
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2023-11-11 17:09:19
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LOS DIABLOS MILLONARIOS
PLATENSES—CARIOCAS, 3:1 (2:0)
The locals proved, once again, to be much superior — The same score from Sunday's match is repeated — River-Independiente wins the Cup.
After extensive dominance by the River-Independiente team in the first match of the Copa de la Fraternidad Argentina-Brasileña, 13/08/1939, Sunday, the public had already noticed the vast superiority of Argentine football. For some, however, there was a certain expectation that the Vasco-Flamengo team could play better football than was demonstrated in the first meeting. Nevertheless, there was no longer the same anticipated euphoria that was characteristic of the same match.
The Vasco-Flamengo team underwent some changes in the offensive scope. Argentines Agustín Valido, Bernardo Gandulla and Raúl Emeal would not compete in the match. Waldemar de Brito, who would play as right inside forward, was loaned by San Lorenzo. Leônidas da Silva, in turn, was selected as left inside forward. Durval and Jarbas, the Flecha Negra, were added to the forward line. The Argentine team, seriatim, would only have one change in its composition, in which Aarón Wergifker would replace Celestino Martínez. The team, in addition, would have to change its uniform. Instead of being Independiente's shirt, the team would wear a shirt with one half being red, the other half being white and consisting of a red stripe.
For the meeting on 15/08/1939, the experienced referee José Bartolomé Macías, who was part of the refereeing team at the 1930 World Cup, was appointed to command the match.
International match: 15/08/1939, Tuesday 15:15.
River-Independiente — Vasco-Flamengo 3:1 (2:0)
Place: Boedo, Buenos Aires.
Referee: José Bartolomé Macías (Banfield).
Estimated attendance: 35.000.
River-Independiente: Bello — Vasini, Coletta — Santamaría, Minella, Wergifker — Maril, De La Mata, Erico, Moreno, Pedernera.
Coach: José Cuesta Silva.
Vasco-Flamengo: Walter — Domingos, Florindo — Oscarinho, Zarzur, Artigas — Sá, Waldemar, Durval, Leônidas, Jarbas.
Coach: Flávio Costa.
Goals: Erico(2: 7min, 49min) and Pedernera(1min) — Waldemar(52min).
This was a match with a lot of expectations, but it was shaken in the first minutes of the match. Through a quick goal scored by Adolfo Pedernera, before even the first minute, the ecstasy of a more disputed clash was shattered. A few minutes later, El Diablo Erico added another goal to the scoreboard. Subsequently, the dominance was wide open with the quality of the Argentine vanguard in eluding the visiting defensive system. The quintet was no longer seeking efficiency in scoring goals, but in demonstrating their rare skills. The outside left Pedernera, however, still seemed to be looking for the opponent's goal, but eventually gave in to the same style as his co-équipiers.
Of the great Brazilian cracks, only Domingos da Guia, through his sovereignty as a full-back, performed at a befitting level with his fame. Waldemar de Brito and Lêonidas da Silva were limited, both were too discreet in the first half.
The second half had begun; It didn't take long for the local vanguard to score the third goal. Through center-forward Erico — and what a beautiful goal —, Los Diablos Millonarios closed their own score.
With the clear lack of interest on the part of the platense forward line, the pressure in the first half against the Brazilian defensive system was no longer so intense. Consequently, Brazil started to attack more, especially Waldemar, Leônidas and also from centre-half Zarzur. A few minutes after Erico's goal, Waldemar de Brito scored for Brazil, scoring the team's only goal.
It was clear that the highlight of the match was the first half, especially in the opening minutes. At the end of the match, the Copa Confraternidad was awarded.
Regarding both meetings, coach Flávio Costa commented:
— We really couldn't win in Buenos Aires. The River-Independiente combination was much better trained and played with more chances than us. But in any case we did our best.
Bello, the Argentine goalkeeper, did not have many tasks to do.
The pair of full-backs was a real wall in front of Bello. The interventions and exact tackles were difficult for the Brazilian avant-garde to overcome, which, in front of Coletta and Vasini, showed themselves to be inferior. Vasini was safe, quite trustworthy. Coletta displayed his most varied defensive resources. Coletta was named as one of the best men in the match.
The team's main line was that of Santamaría-Minella-Wergifker. They displayed themselves magnificently, defending and attacking with astonishing precision and certainty. Minella, then, was number one. The renowned platense axis achieved its greatest performance in recent times. At times Minella became a sixth forward alongside Erico, thus sending shots. Santamaría confirmed, once again, an excellent performance and Wergifker played a more efficient and productive role than Martínez.
The local quintet performed extraordinary against the deficient defensive system of the Brazilian team. With broad freedom throughout the wings, actions were carried out in the most diverse ways. An even greater spectacle could be performed, but this was not the case on the part of the avant-garde.
Above any value of the local vanguard was the Paraguayan Arsenio Erico. Extreme attention and consistency were required in a direct marking with Independiente's centre-forward, especially on the part of Domingos da Guia. Vicente De La Mata and José Manuel Moreno were less highlighted, even though they played well. The inside trio moved with grace, elegance and efficiency.
Walter had some false starts and showed too much inconstancy. At times, the Brazilian goalkeeper reflected a lot of nervousness about his actions. Nevertheless, some criticisms were made praising some of the goalkeeper's moments in the match.
The main line of the Brazilian combine was, without a shadow of a doubt, the full-back line, which was made up of Domingos da Guia and Florindo. This was a real barrier, but overloaded due to the poor performance of both wing half-backs. Domingos once again revealed his exceptional class, acting on every occasion like the true crack that he was. In the first half, when the pressure imposed by the local team was very incisive, the full-back duo, especially Domingos, contained several of the advances.
On certain occasions the local quintet completely disorganized the Brazilian intermediate trio, abusing combinations and giving curious perspectives to that duel that was unequal in strength and values. A showy domain, it is true, beautiful and sometimes subtle, but without greater ambitions and without commitment to arouse emotions in popular galleries.
Pedernera and Maril appeared notably free, as they had been almost the entire time, from Oscarino and Artigas' markings.
MATCH REPORT: The Argentine public had not seen Domingos, the great rubro-negro defender, Argentine national champion, for Boca Juniors, since the phenomenal player left Buenos Aires. He didn't want to believe, given his announced decline, that he continued to be the continent's greatest defender. And today, with the second match, he must have been convinced of this truth: that Domingos continues to be, without a doubt, the number one in South America.
Florindo performed very well alongside Domingos, as his interventions saved the Brazilian goal several times. According to the conditions, due to the tough task of neutralizing the opponent's vanguard, Florindo performed well, but below the level Domingos achieved.
As in the first match, the team's half-back line was the visitors' weak point. This deficiency greatly strengthened the advances made by the opposing wings, especially Pedernera's performance. Only Zarzur acted more correctly. The centre-half, above all, performed overloaded, therefore demonstrating that he was not a sufficient element to contain the opposing vanguard. However, Zarzur's strengths were very well reflected in the second half, through his defensive efficiency and tirelessly working towards the offensive system.
MATCH REPORT: The attack's performance was also not satisfactory. The two wingers Sá and Jarbas were far below their normal performances. Durval appeared well in the first half, but declined in the second. Meanwhile, Waldemar and Leônidas, who had only appeared discreetly in the first half, established themselves in the second, appearing prominently.
The forward line acted very disjointedly, completely disorganized, especially the outside forwards. The addition of Waldemar de Brito to the attack was necessary for an eventual improvement, but he did not perform to his true potential. After all, the excuse given for this event was that there was a match that the Brazilian would soon play for San Lorenzo. In contrast to the first game, Leônidas da Silva played as left inside forward. After a poor first half, Diamante Negro established himself in the second half.
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