Miguel Borja’s two great goals in River’s victory against Libertad for the Copa Libertadores

Miguel Borja’s two great goals in River’s victory against Libertad for the Copa Libertadores
Miguel Borja’s two great goals in River’s victory against Libertad for the Copa Libertadores

* The first conquest of the Hummingbird

In a once again packed Monumental, River Plate beat 2-0 Freedom guided by the boots of Miguel Borja. The 31-year-old striker scored two great goals, one at the end of each half, to give victory to the team led by Martín Demichelis, which secured the place for the round of 16 and the leadership of Group H of the Libertadores Cupin addition to qualifying for the 2025 Club World Cup.

There were two gems of the Hummingbird, which He has accumulated 40 goals in 82 games since he landed in Núñez, and 17 in 19 duels in 2024his most prolific year, established as the undisputed starting attacker of the Banda squad.

In the first, 41 minutes into the initial stage, he received a center from Milton Casco and, in one movement, lowered the ball and directed the control for the half-turn that beat the resistance of goalkeeper Rodrigo Morínigo.

And after 84 minutes of action, in the epilogue of the match and with River having overcome the post-break hot flashes, the goal came that closed the score. Nicolás Fonseca anticipated and touched the ball for Pablo Solari, who went deep for Borja. The striker, located at the left corner of the area, took advantage of the movement of Esequiel Barco, taking the mark, closed and took a curved right hand that made the opposing goalkeeper’s stretch unsuccessful.

* The striker’s second conquest, after a tight right hand

“I want to thank God for the victory, we were a serious team; When we had to defend, we were serious. We achieved a nice victory, very deserved,” the former Palmeiras prefaced his analysis once the actions were over.

“I liked the first goal better, because of the control, it was a difficult ball”, chose between his two works. “We are going calmly, step by step, we have another game left, we want to close it in the best way. The Libertadores is one of the most difficult tournaments in the world. Game by game we will climb,” he concluded.

And to think that in the summer Borja was close to leaving. The club received an offer from Austin F.C. of the MLS (3.5 million dollars for 80% of the chip) and the player evaluated it. But Salomón Rondón went to Pachuca in Mexico and chose to stay, with the outlook open. A clearly correct decision.

“You always want more minutes. I talked about it with my family, with my wife, with my children, my brothers, who are numerous. AND a special person who is Mariana, the owner of the house. AND One day he told me ‘don’t go, next year is going to be special’. God directed her to her and he was right.. Because the good vibes he had were special,” he was able to say in March, on the occasion of winning the Argentine Super Cup against Estudiantes.

River paid $8,000,000 for Borja’s signing, even with Marcelo Gallardo on the substitute bench. But it was with Micho that he achieved greater filming. And today fans enjoy his alchemist qualities: every ball he receives he turns into a goal.

* The word of the Colombian after his task

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