Copa Libertadores final: Boca Juniors set up historic Superclasico with River Plate

Copa Libertadores final: Boca Juniors set up historic Superclasico with River Plate

Copa Libertadores final: Boca Juniors set up historic Superclasico with River Plate

The Uruguayan referee needed a protective police cordon after awarding a late penalty against the hosts that allowed River to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit to progress on away goals by winning the return 2-1.

Click play on the video above to watch the dramatic events in Brazil.

River Plate of Argentina reached the final of the South American cup on Tuesday after shocking defending champion Gremio of Brazil, setting up a possible championship match between two Argentinian teams in the Copa Libertadores for the first time in history.

Referee Andres Cunha then showed Bressan a second yellow card for blocking Ignacio Scocco's shot with his arm inside the box after reviewing footage, and, nearly 10 minutes after the initial incident, Gonzalo Martinez converted the 95th-minute penalty to send River through on away goals. The striker scored both Boca goals at La Bombonera in the first leg.

After Leo Gomes put Gremio 2-0 up on aggregate in the first half, Rafael Santos Borre equalised on the day in the 82nd minute, though Gremio coach Renato Gaucho felt it should have been disallowed due to handball. Diego Maradona played for Boca in the early 1980s before signing for Spanish club Barcelona.

What started out as a small local rivalry in the working class La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires gradually grew to be the biggest in the country, with River gaining a reputation as the club for the rich and Boca as the working man's team.

The night before, though, there was a highly contentious semi-final between Gremio and River in Porto Alegre.

The sides have been hard to separate in the 105 years since, with Boca narrowly edging River 88-81 in victories.

As well as being the only unbeaten side left in the competition, Gremio went into their semi-final second leg having never lost a home game in the Copa Libertadores in which they had taken the lead.

"We know they [River] will be as hard, as would any team that reaches the Copa Libertadores final".

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