Enzo Perez and River Plate pull of miracle victory with Covid-19 hit squad and no goalkeepers in Copa Libertadores clash

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With no available goalkeepers and a massively depleted squad ‘Los Millonarios’ pull off a modern-day fairy tale by defeating Independiente Santa Fe.

In the stressful times we live with COVID-19 it’s very difficult to find many stories to smile about, we all love a feel-good story. This is why all those sporting movies where the team and players overcome what seems to be impossible odds is something that will never get old.  Everyone loves this type of story and the team from Buenos Aires did just that by pulling off what seemed impossible. 

River Plate defied all these obstacles to pull of what will no doubt be one of football’s most remarkable stories in years to come by securing a 2-1 win over Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe in the Copa Libertadores which is the South American equivalent to the UEFA Champions League, despite devastatingly losing 20 players to coronavirus.

Argentina international Enzo Perez was tasked with being the goalkeeper for this Copa Libertadores which was bizarrely allowed to continue considering the cause of why River Plate had an obliterated squad.  All four of River Plate’s goalkeepers were Covid-19 positive and it was reported that an attempt to promote two youth team players to the squad was rejected by Conmebol.  Yet “Los Millionarios” as the team is affectionately nicknamed won their Copa Libertadores match at the Monumental de Nunez stadium in Buenos Aires. with midfielder Enzo Perez playing in goal and no substitutes on the bench. Perez who was an important player for Argentina and played in the World Cup final in 2014 stepped in and will be remembered fondly when this story is retold many years from now


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