Buenos Aires, May 26 (BNA): Striker Julian Alvarez made a dramatic exit from Argentine club River Plate before joining Premier League champions Manchester City.
And he became the first River Plate player to score six goals in an official match, as River beat Peruvian team Alianza Lima 8-1 on Wednesday evening in the last Group F match of the Copa Libertadores this year.
The Argentine’s goals came in the 15th, 18th, 41st, 54th, 57th and 83rd minutes. The last goal came after he eluded opponents and ended with a cross shot.
River Plate has made it to the playoffs but knows he won’t have the 22-year-old Alvarez in every South American championship, according to The Associated Press.
Alvarez agreed to a 5-1/2-year contract with City in January. He is set to join City after the Copa Libertadores Round of 16 matches, which will take place between June 28 and July 7. River Plate topped their group ahead of Friday’s draw.
River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo said it would not be easy to replace Alvarez, calling him a “diamond in the rough”.