River Plate made their numerical advantage count in extra time to score twice and claim their fourth CONMEBOL Libertadores title.
The match began at a lightning place and, as you'd expect between two city rivals, with a lot of strong tackles. Boca definitely settled quicker than River and perhaps should have taken the lead through Pablo Perez after 20 minutes. A corner came through a host of bodies to fall at the captain's feet but his volley was too central to trouble Armani in River's goal. Another chance fell to the captain before Boca finally took the lead through a familiar face. Dario Benedetto, who can't stop scoring in the competition, took advantage of a quick counter to glide past his marker and calmly place it beyond Armani's reach.
It remained that way until half time. River took the initiative in the second half as they needed a goal to get back on level terms. Fernandez's curling effort almost creeped into the far post but Boca held onto their lead. However it didn't take long for River to get the goal their growing confidence deserved. A fantastic 7-pass move ended up with Lucas Pratto, who like Benedetto also scored in the first leg of the final, pull River level and make Boca need to find another goal if they were to win the Libertadores title.
We went into extra time. Boca were dealt a cruel blow when Wilmar Barrios received a second booking and River were beginning to find more space with their advantage. Juan Fernando Quintero was to be the key man from the bench. He put River ahead with a wonderful strike to make it 2-1 in the early stages of the second half of extra time. Boca had to go for it and committed numbers further up the field. Fernando Gago, brought on to control the midfield, had to leave the pitch with an injury and Boca were now down to nine. The space was there on the counter and River finally finished the game by scoring a third in the last minute through Martinez.