River Plate 3-1 Boca Juniors aet, (5-3 aggregate): Quintero the Copa hero

River won the Copa Libertadores for the fourth time thanks to the Colombian's stunning strike

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Juan the man. Colombia playmaker Juan Quintero helped River Plate come from behind to beat Boca Juniors in extra-time with a stunning strike which guided them to a fourth Copa Libertadores victory.

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River Plate

Armani; Montiel (Mayada, 73'), Maidana, Pinola, Casco; Ponzio (Quintero, 58'), Enzo Pérez; Palacios (Álvarez, 97'), Nacho Fernández (Zuculini, 111'), Pity Martínez; Pratto.

Boca Juniors

Andrada; Buffarini (Tévez, 111'), Izquierdoz, Magallán, Olaza; Wilmar, Pablo Pérez (Gago, 89'), Nández; Villa (Jara, 96'), Pavón, Benedetto (Ábila, 61').


0-1 M. 44 Benedetto. 1-1 M. 68 Pratto. 2-1 M. 109 Quintero. 3-1 M. 122 Pity Martínez.


Andres Cunha (uruguayo). TA: Ponzio (27'), Nacho Fernández (81'), Maidana (83'), Casco (121') / Buffarini (15'), Pablo Pérez (43'), Wilmar (87' y 92'), Tévez (121'). TR: Wilmar (92').


Partido correspondiente a la final de vuelta de la Copa Libertadores disputado en el Santiago Bernabéu ante la mirada de 62.282 personas.

The game at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, twice postponed in Buenos Aires after River fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus and injured players, was nail-biting.

Crucial was Boca’s Wilmar Barrios, earning a red card for an ugly challenge on Exequiel Palacios which saw him issued a second booking two minutes into extra-time.

Boca went ahead through a brilliant Dario Benedetto goal, the forward at the sharp end of a razor counter-attack, reaching a sublime Nahitan Nandez pass to finish.

Lucas Pratto was denied a penalty after the break when fouled by goalkeeper Esteban Andrada but got his revenge minutes later as he finished a neat team move.

That forced the game into extra-time and Barrios’s red card gave River a huge advantage.

Substitute Quintero, who lit up the World Cup with Colombia earlier this year, delivered a career-defining moment with a long range strike in the 109th minute that put River in the driving seat.

And Piti Martinez wrapped things up at the death with a breakaway goal with Andrada in the other half having gone up for a corner.



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