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Celebrations erupt in Buenos Aires as River Plate clinches Copa Libertadores

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Celebrations erupt in Buenos Aires as River Plate clinches Copa Libertadores

Celebrations erupt in Buenos Aires as River Plate clinches Copa Libertadores

Celebrations erupt in Buenos Aires after River Plate finally wins Copa Libertadores with 3-1 victory over Boca Juniors

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Celebrations erupt in Buenos Aires as River Plate clinches Copa Libertadores

SHOWS: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (DECEMBER 09, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

RIVER PLATE FANS CELEBRATING AT OBELISK AFTER WINNING COPA LIBERTADORES MATCH IN SPAIN OVER BOCA JUNIORS 2.

FANS WALKING TO OBELISK 3.

VARIOUS FANS CELEBRATING 4.

FANS CELEBRATING AROUND OBELISK 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RIVER PLATE FAN, TOMAS BELAUGSTEGUI, SAYING: "Since I was born the talk has been all about Boca (Juniors), that they were this and another.

But no, it's River, (player Marcelo) Gallardo is the best ever." 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RIVER PLATE FAN, ALAN GUERRERO, SAYING: "It's a very big feeling.

River earned this, after qualifying in the B category, winning the Libertadores, winning in South America.

I am eternally grateful to (Marcelo) Gallardo, he's the best.

River is the best there is.

Let's go River." 7.

VARIOUS OF FANS CELEBRATING AT OBELISK 8.

FIREWORKS GOING OFF STORY: River Plate fans celebrated in Buenos Aires on Sunday (December 9) after their team battled back to beat arch rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra-time in an unforgettable and unique Copa Libertadores final second leg, played in Madrid after violence had seen the original game postponed.

Dario Benedetto put Boca ahead at the end of a bruising first half at a raucous Santiago Bernabeu stadium that was equally split between supporters of the two teams but witnessed barely a hint of crowd trouble.

But River, who also came back twice in the 2-2 draw in the first leg at Boca's Bombonera stadium, levelled in the 68th minute through striker Lucas Pratto after a superb team move.

River, whose coach Marcelo Gallardo was banned from the sidelines, were given a huge advantage when Boca's Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios was sent off in the third minute of extra-time and seized it thanks to a sizzling strike from his compatriot Juan Fernando Quintero in the 109th minute.

Gonzalo Martinez sealed victory, 5-3 on aggregate, at the death with a tap in after Boca's entire team had poured forward in search of an equalizer, giving River a fourth Libertadores title and denying Boca a record-equalling seventh.

River's victory means they will represent South America in the Club World Cup that kicks off on Dec.

12 in the United Arab Emirates and guarantees them bragging rights over their neighbours for many years to come.

The game was controversially moved 10,000 kilometres away from River's Monumental stadium to Madrid as Boca's team bus had been ambushed before the originally scheduled game, leaving several Boca players injured from the impact of the smashed windows and from tear gas that had been fired by police.

It meant that instead of a home game with the exclusive presence of River supporters, Real Madrid's Bernabeu was equally-divided between fans of both sides, a highly unusual situation in the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.




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