Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

River Plate’s Copa Libertadores star Gonzalo Martinez confirms January departure

River Plate’s Copa Libertadores star Gonzalo Martinez confirms January departure

River Plate won the Copa Libertadores by coming from behind to beat rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra-time of their controversially rearranged final in Madrid.

River, whose coach Marcelo Gallardo was banned from the sidelines, were given a huge advantage when Boca's Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios was sent off in the third minute of extra-time and seized it thanks to a sizzling strike from his compatriot Juan Fernando Quintero in the 109th minute.

River Plate fans peacefully celebrated the team's triumph over Boca Juniors as the city of Madrid showed it is possible to successfully organize the high-profile game between two of the South American continent's fiercest rivals.

'I didn't think about it, ' Quintero said of his goal.

"I want to congratulate the Boca players for how they played, even when we were one or two less in the final, they pushed, fought and fought", Schelotto added.

The match, which was suspended twice in November, was finally played in Madrid on Sunday with River running out 3-1 winners, clinching a 5-3 aggregate success. I thought a lot with my family, with my representative.

"In the second half we improved, because in the first we made a big mistake".

The second leg was initially set to be played 15 days ago at River's El Monumental home but was postponed after a violent attack on Boca's team bus.

Fronting the media afterwards in the Spanish capital, Boca boss Schelotto could not hide his disappointment, telling reporters: "The only thing I feel is sadness for not winning the cup and giving it to the people of Boca".

"The people who stayed in Argentina deserved this and much more".

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