Dallas Cup - River Plate beats Everton in style

Published Sunday, March 29, 2015 11:08 PM by Shane Barrow

The nightcap of opening day Super Group play at Dallas Cup XXXVI was a real beauty as Everton faced off against Argentina's River Plate.  A definite clash of styles with the English game going head to head with the South American game.

Everton brings a very talented squad that features Ryan Ledson who captained the England U17 team at last years European Championships.  They also boast another five England youth national teasers in addition to Ledson.

River Plate return to Dallas as the defending Super Group champions.  They are led by the ultra talented winger Federico Lavallen.  They'll be looking to be the first Super Group repeat champions in over a decade at Dallas Cup.

After a long feeling out process the first big chance of the match fell to Everton as David Henen unleashed a rocket from 15 yards out.  River Plate keeper Nahuel Cajal stood strong and blocked the shot.

River Plate got their first big chance in the 33rd as Callum Connolly was dispossessed outside the Everton penalty area.  Tomas Andrade ripped a shot from ten yards that Everton keeper Mateusz Hewelt saved.

The save seemed to spur Everton on as they went to the other end and created a pair of nice chances of their own.  Antonee Robinson fed a nice ball to David Henen who fired just over the crossbar.  Only a minute later another Henen shot forced Cajal into a smart save.

It was end to end action as the teams flew up and down the pitch.  It would be River Plate that found the net first in the 38th.  Nicolas Godoy put a perfect ball to Tomas Andrade  who expertly finished past Hewelt for the lead. The match would go to the break 1-0 with the South Americans in front.

River Plate came out of the locker room looking to put Everton away.  Tomas Andrade got on the end of a nice series of passes finding himself at the penalty spot.  His shot beat Everton keeper Mateusz Hewelt but was cleared off the line by defender Jonjoe Kenny just before it entered the net.

River Plate were streaming forward in the opening  minutes of the second half.  Everton would need to pick it up or risk having the match put to bed early.  The South Americans were having their way until they got a bit too comfortable in the 57th minute as they were punished by a lazy turnover.  River Plate gave a terrible ball away thirty yards from their own goal and within seconds the ball was in their net and the match tied.  Thomas Davies picked up the lazy ball and immediately fed Kieran Dowell who slotted past Cajal and into the River net.  Tie match on a bad giveaway.

River Plate would grab the lead right back though in only minutes.  A nice cross from Nicolas Godoy was met by the near post run of Emanuel Ventos whose glancing header found the back side netting past the surprised Hewelt in goal.  River Plate 2 Everton 1

Everton tried to get the match tied back up despite the superior talents of the River Plate players.  David Henen beat his man off the left side and whipped a wonderful ball right through the RP six yard box.  Unfortunately the Everton runs were late and the ball went out to safety.

Everton were buzzing around as the match wound down trying to find the equalizer.  They got their golden opportunity in the 89th as Nathan Holland curled in a nice free kick from the right wing.  Jonje Kenny found himself unmarked and all alone at the edge of the six with the entire frame to head at.  He was left to pull his jersey over head though as he completely blew the header.

River Plate would promptly go to the other end and score a real cracker to close out the match.  Federico Lavallen unleashed a blast that whizzed past Hewelt and into the upper side netting. Game over and the defending champions are looking like contenders again this year.
River Plate 3 Everton 1