River Plate has qualified for the final of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday (local time). The formation from Buenos Aires lost the return against fellow-countryman and rival Boca Juniors with 1-0, but the team was not fatal.
River Plate already won the first encounter with Boca 2-0 at the beginning of October and therefore had just enough of the narrow defeat to qualify for the final of the South American club tournament just like last year.
It was still exciting in Buenos Aires, as Jan Hurtado signed for the 1-0 on behalf of Boca ten minutes before time by giving the ball the final push after a free kick on the line. River Plate remained intact in a hectic final phase with six minutes of injury time.
Last year, River Plate and Boca Juniors faced each other in the final, which was overshadowed by incidents leading up to the return. The coach of Boca Juniors was pelted on the way to the River Plate stadium. The return was canceled and later played in Madrid.
River Plate, which then won the Copa Libertadores in Santiago Bernabéu, is competing against a Brazilian club this time. Flamengo and Gremio play their return in the semi-finals in the night from Wednesday to Thursday (Dutch time). The first match in the Gremio stadium ended in a 1-1 draw.
The final of the Copa Libertadores will be played on 23 November in Santiago, Chile. River Plate won the tournament in 1986, 1996, 2015 and therefore last year. Independiente is the record holder with seven titles.