The influence of Rafael Santos Borré at River: How he became first choice under Marcelo Gallardo

The Colombian has scored three goals and provided one assist in the knockout rounds of the CONMEBOL Libertadores

He wasn't the first choice striker in the group stage but Rafael Santos Borré has become the focal point of River Plate's attack in the knockout rounds. After earning Marcelo Gallardo's trust, Santos Borré is the man Boca Juniors will need to keep quiet at La Bombonera this Saturday in the first leg of the CONMEBOL Libertadores final.

The 23-year-old Colombian international has scored in every stage of the knockout rounds so far: one against Racing at El Monumental in the Last 16, a goal and assist against Independiente in the quarter finals and the equalising goal against Gremio in the semi finals.

Having come through the youth academy at Deportivo Cali, Borré arrived at River after a spell in LaLiga with Atletico Madrid and Villarreal. It took a while for him to settle but now Santos Borré has moved ahead of the other strikers at the club to become the leader in attack. His goals have helped River get to the final and they'll be looking for him to add to his tally in this season's CONMEBOL Libertadores.

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