With the result, River's dream of playing another CONMEBOL Libertadores final grows ever nearer, though Boca will have a chance to respond in the second leg at La Bombonera.
The fireworks started early at El Monumental, when after just 8 minutes of play Rafael Santos Borré stepped up and perfectly struck a a penalty to give River Plate the lead.
— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) October 2, 2019
Boca were given a chance to answer the hosts' goal when Ramon Ábila found himself in space. Ábila centered for Nicolás Capaldo, but the Boca man failed to hit the target, and Boca's best chance of the match went begging.
🙈🔷🔶 Ábila did well to set up Capaldo, but the #Boca man couldn't find the back of the net with this golden opportunity! pic.twitter.com/QjcKn5azCH — CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) October 2, 2019
Despite a fairly even second half of play, it was Nacho Fernández who scored the second goal and doubled River's lead. His header on 70 minutes played beat Andrada and staked River to a commanding lead on aggregate.
Three weeks from now Argentina's two biggest sides will meet again, with only one of them booking a spot in the final of the CONMEBOL Libertadores.