Football: River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to win Copa Libertadores

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Copa Libertadores final: River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra-time (agg 5

Quintero scored in the 109th minute of the second leg before team-mate Gonzalo Martinez wrapped up a 3-1 victory on the night for River – and a 5-3 win on aggregate.

Martinez ran the ball into an empty net with the last kick of the game after Boca keeper Esteban Andrada had been caught upfield at a corner.

That ended a dramatic extra-time period, which had started with the sending-off of Boca midfielder Wilmar Barrios for a second bookable offence – a two-footed challenge on Exequiel Palacios.

Martinez’s goal completed a dramatic turnaround in a match moved more than 6,000 miles from Buenos Aires, in Argentina, to the Spanish capital after its postponement in November, when Boca’s team bus was attacked by River fans, causing injury to players and staff.

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River Plate Beat Rivals Boca Juniors in Second Leg of Copa Libertadores Final

River Plate won the Copa Libertadores on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 win in the second leg after extra time. The aggregate score of the final was 5-3.

Dario Benedetto gave the visitors a lead in the first half, but River Plate improved after the break and Lucas Pratto tied things up.’Wilmar Barrios was sent off early in extra time, and Juan Quintero gave the hosts the lead with a sensational strike.’Gonzalo’Martinez secured the win in the final minute.’

The first leg had finished 2-2 at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, and with no away-goal rule in place, Sunday’s clash at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid was a winner-take-all contest.

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Football: River Plate beat Boca Juniors to win Copa Libertadores

Comeback kings River win Copa final few will remember for the football

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. In the end, the most anticipated’Copa Libertadores final of all time gave us a second leg that few will remember, such will be the legacy of this strange and regrettable football fiasco.

Sunday’s re-re-arranged final between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Madrid was a fine spectacle on the Bernabeu pitch; energetic, committed and fully befitting of the occasion that the pre-debacle build-up in Buenos Aires three weeks ago had promised the world.

The final will be recorded as a win for River, 3-1 in extra time to seal a 5-3 aggregate victory. But the damage done in the streets of Buenos Aires won’t be smoothed over by any amount of late drama, however high-octane it was.

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