Buenos Aires, May 25 (EFE) .- River Plate crowned an almost perfect group stage in the Copa Libertadores after scoring, with six goals from Julián Álvarez, this Wednesday 8-1 against Alianza Lima, who said goodbye to the maximum competition continental as last in Group F having added just one point in six games.
The team led by Marcelo Gallardo will play the round of 16 as the second best group leader in the tournament, ensuring local status in the definition of the next qualifiers, unless they face Palmeiras.
Striker Julián Álvarez was the star of the match, scoring six of River’s eight goals, a historic record for the cross-sided team.
The ‘Millionaire’s’ offensive gale began after fifteen minutes: a loss by the Peruvian team ended at the feet of Santiago Simón, who put a ball into space for Julián Álvarez to score the first local goal.
The young forward from River showed his voracity just three minutes later, when he finished off a cross to the heart of the area to make it 2-0.
Since then, the “Millionaire” controlled the meeting with great calm, despite the occasional approaches of Alianza Lima.
With four minutes to go before the break, Álvarez added the third goal in his private account, with a powerful shot from outside the area.
The second half passed without major surprises, with a dominating River that continued to search hard for the rival goal.
As a result of that insistence came the fourth goal, this time from Santiago Simón, after catching a dead ball in the small area.
Julián Álvarez scored the fifth two minutes later, after stealing the ball from the Alianza Lima goalkeeper and scoring an empty goal.
River’s top star met the goal again in the 57th minute: a sensational Vaseline against which the Peruvian team’s goalkeeper could do nothing.
A party that continued in the 79th minute, thanks to a cross shot from the edge of the box by Elías Gómez that made it 7-0.
And in minute 82, Julián Álvarez scored the eighth for the ‘Millionaire’, after dribbling past two defenders and defining the goalkeeper’s goal post.
The Uruguayan Pablo Lavandeira made up the result for Alianza Lima with one minute remaining in the match, which will be remembered as one of River’s great nights in the Libertadores.