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Boca Juniors to face River Plate in the Copa Libertadores semi-final

Boca Juniors to face River Plate in the Copa Libertadores semi-final
By Eurosport

30/08/2019 at 11:42Updated 30/08/2019 at 11:48

Boca Juniors and River Plate will renew their volatile rivalry after they were drawn to face each other in the Copa Libertadores semi-finals - months after their bitterly controversial final.

River, the reigning champions, beat Paraguayan outfit Cerro Porteno 3-1 on aggregate in the quarters to set up the rematch with their Superclasico neighbours.

Goals from Ignacio Fernandez and Rafael Borre had given River a two-goal buffer heading into Thursday's second leg.

But former Borussia Dortmund forward Nelson Valdez halved their advantage in Paraguay with a glancing header.

Nicolas De la Cruz celebrates after scoring the equaliser

Nicolas De la Cruz celebrates after scoring the equaliserGetty Images

But Cerro Porteno were unable to complete the comeback as Nicolas De La Cruz blasted home seven minutes into the second half to secure River's passage.

Boca had earlier booked their place with a 3-0 aggregate win over LDU Quito of Ecuador.

River's Estadio Monumental will stage the first leg of the semi-final on October 1, with the return at Boca's Bombonera on October 22.

Carlos Tevez in action for Boca against LDU Quito

Carlos Tevez in action for Boca against LDU QuitoGetty Images

The winners will play one of Brazilian duo Gremio or Flamengo in the final, scheduled for November 23 at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.

Last year, the second leg of the final was moved to the Bernabeu in Madrid after the Boca team bus was attacked by fans of River ahead of the second leg.

Several Boca players were injured from smashed windows and through inhaling pepper spray, leading to widespread criticism.

River prevailed in the second leg 3-1 after extra time to secure a 5-3 aggregate victory.

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