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River Plate and Gremio to meet in Libertadores semi final

Copa Libertadores Review: River Plate and Gremio to meet in semis

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River Plate and Gremio will meet in the final four after respective wins against Independiente and Atletico Tucuman.

River Plate advanced to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, where they will face Gremio for a place in the decider.

Argentine powerhouses River booked their passage through to the final four with a 3-1 victory over Independiente in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Argentina's River Plate footballers celebrate after defeating 3-1 Argentina's Independiente during the Copa Libertadores 2018 quarterfinals second leg football match at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires

The quarter-final tie was evenly poised after three-time champions River played out a goalless draw with fellow Argentine side Independiente – the most successful team in Libertadores history thanks to seven titles – in the opening leg.

River, who won the tournament in 2015, were too strong on home soil despite trading goals with Independiente early in the second half.

Ignacio Scocco's 47th-minute opener was cancelled out by Independiente's Silvio Romero eight minutes later at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti.

But substitute Juan Quintero restored River's lead in the 69th minute before fellow Colombian Rafael Borre sealed the side's progression with five minutes remaining.

Soccer Football - Copa Libertadores - Brazil's Gremio v Argentina's Atletico Tucuman - Arena do Gremio stadium, Porto Alegre, Brazil - October 2, 2018 Gremio's Jael celebrates their fourth goal with team mate Luan.

Brazilian outfit Gremio, meanwhile, cruised into the semis following their routine 4-0 win against 10-man Atletico Tucuman.

Luan, Cicero and Jael were on target, while Alejandro Sanchez scored an own goal as Gremio triumphed 6-0 on aggregate over the Argentine visitors.

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