River Plate and Flamengo ease through to final
Los Millonarios knock out Boca Juniors and O Mengâo beat Gremio
Final to be played at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile
Winners will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup 2019™
Defending champions River Plate will face Flamengo in the final of the 2019 Copa Libertadores, to be played as a single match at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile, on 23 November. The Argentinians saw off arch rivals Boca Juniors in the semis, while O Mengâo dispatched compatriots Gremio.
El Millonario are looking for title number five in what will be their seventh Copa final and the Brazilians only their second crown, 38 years after their one previous appearance in the final. FIFA.com rounds up the semi-final action.
Semi-final second-leg results
Boca Juniors 1-0 River Plate (River win 2-1 on aggregate)
Flamengo 5-0 Gremio (Flamengo win 6-1 on aggregate)
River protect first-leg advantage
Marcelo Gallardo’s side reached their third final in the last five seasons thanks mainly to their commanding performance at home in the first leg, where they took a 2-0 aggregate lead after dominating the game.
Content to sit on their lead in the return, River kept Boca at bay without too much trouble. Lacking in ideas and only occasionally posing a threat in the air, Boca scored late on to cause some alarm in the Millonarios ranks but could not avenge their defeat in last year's final.
River Plate outlast Boca Juniors to reach Copa Libertadores final
River Plate players celebrate after defeating Boca Juniors 2-1 on aggregate to reach the Copa Libertadores final
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 22: Players of River Plate celebrate qualifying to the final after the Semifinal second leg match between Boca Juniors and River Plate as part of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on October 22, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)
Boca Juniors players greet the fans during the Copa Libertadores semi-final against River Plate
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 22: Players of Boca Juniors greet the fans prior the Semifinal second leg match between Boca Juniors and River Plate as part of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on October 22, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
Enzo Perez: Impressed with his vision and energy in the first leg and his discipline and work rate in the second.
Franco Armani: A solid presence, the keeper once again excelled in a Copa tie with a string of crucial saves.
62 - River have played 62 knockout ties under Gallardo, winning 51 of them and losing 11. Their favourite rivals in that time have been Boca, whom they have beaten on all five occasions they have faced each other, with three of those ties coming in the Copa Libertadores.
Flamengo make no mistake
Jorge Jesus’s men were the better side in the first leg in Porto Alegre but had to settle for a draw after failing to convert their chances.
O Mengâo were not so charitable in the return in Rio de Janeiro, scoring four goals in the second half, two of them headers from set-pieces. Champions in 2017, Gremio suffered their worst defeat in the history of the competition.
Flamengo overwhelm Gremio to reach Copa Libertadores decider
Pablo Mari celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Gremio
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 23: Pablo Mari celebrates with teammates after scoring during a second leg semi-final match between Flamengo and Gremio as part of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores at Maracana Stadium on October 23, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Bruno Henrique of Flamengo scores against Gremio in the Copa Libertadores semi-final
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 23: Bruno Henrique of Flamengo kicks the ball to score during a second leg semi-final match between Flamengo and Gremio as part of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores at Maracana Stadium on October 23, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alessandra del Bene/Getty Images)
Bruno Henrique: Scored in both games and proved a constant menace to the Gremio defence, creating danger every time he got on the ball.
Gabriel Barbosa: Asked questions time and again of Gremio and came close to scoring several times in the first leg before hitting a brace in the return. Fla’s leading scorer in the competition with seven goals.
2002 - Flamengo have not lost a home Copa Libertadores match in which they have taken the lead since the group phase in 2002 (a 3-1 defeat to Universidad Catolica).