River Plate reach Libertadores final with dramatic comeback

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 30: Exequiel Palacios of River Plate celebrates the first goal of his team scored by Rafael Santos Borre (not in frame) during the match against Gremio as part of Copa Conmebol Libertadores 2018 at Arena do Gremio on October 30, 2018, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
  • River Plate reach Copa Libertadores final with 2-1 win in Gremio

  • Away goals triumph sealed by injury-time penalty

  • River will face Palmeiras or old rivals Boca Juniors in the decider

River Plate are the first team into the Copa Libertadores final after a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over holders Gremio on Tuesday, seeing them through on away goals.

Having secured a 1-0 first-leg victory in Buenos Aires, Leonardo Gomes doubled Gremio’s aggregate lead late in the first half.

Despite dominating possession, River faced seemingly certain elimination only for Rafael Santos Borre to pull a goal back with eight minutes remaining, before Gonzalo Martinez nervelessly crashed home an injury-time winner from the penalty spot.

River Plate will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Boca Juniors and Palmeiras, with a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 also on the line.

River will be chasing their fourth continental title and first since 2015.