River Plate came into the Saturday’s match against Defensa y Justicia in 11th place in the Superliga Argentina table.
The Buenos Aires giants were playing just their 12th match in a disjointed campaign, given their successful run in the Copa Libertadores, and the game was a make-up date for matchday 8.
Defensa y Justicia sat in second place in the table coming into their 15th match of the league campaign.
Paraguayan midfielder Matias Rojas opened the scoring at El Monumental in the 24th minute. Rojas cleverly tucked his free kick underneath the wall and goalkeeper Franco Armani could not react quickly enough.
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After the half-time intermission, Marcelo Gallardo sent out his side energized to grab the equaliser.
Despite the manager’s best efforts, his side fell at home for the first time in over a year. Prior to Saturday’s loss against Defensa y Justicia, River Plate had not lost in the Superliga at El Monumental since 26 November 2017.
With the loss, River remain on 19 points after 12 matches played in the league.
The Halcón are continuing their successful campaign and stay in second place with 33 points after earning the win at River Plate.