Argentinian giants River Plate advanced to the final of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday after battling to a 1-1 draw against Guarani of Paraguay to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory.   River, leading 2-0 from the first leg in Buenos Aires, fought back after Fernando Fernandez fired Guarani into the lead from close range on 62 minutes, moments after hitting the post. However Guarani’s hopes of overturning their two-goal first leg deficit were snuffed out 11 minutes from time after a clever finish from Lucas Alario. The 22-year-old striker latched onto a long ball from midfield and lobbed the advancing goalkeeper Alfredo Aguilar to make it 1-1 on the night, 3-1 overall. River will face the winner of the second semi-final between Internacional of Brazil and Mexican side Tigres. Inter, who play the second leg in Mexico on Wednesday, lead 2-1 after the first leg. By AFP

Tigres kept alive their dream of becoming the first Mexican side to win the Copa Libertadores after scoring a crucial away goal in a 2-1 defeat to Brazilian side Internacional here Wednesday. Defender Hugo Ayala was the hero and villain for the Mexicans, scoring a potentially vital goal on 23 minutes to haul his side back into the tie after Andres D’Alessandro and Valdivia had put Inter 2-0 up after 10 minutes. Ayala’s joy was tempered however by a 58th-minute red card which will rule him out of the second leg next week in Mexico. Tigres are attempting to make history by becoming the first Mexican team to triumph in the most prestigious club football tournament in Latin America. The club has invested heavily in assembling a squad capable of challenging for the Libertadores crown, with French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac signing from Marseille earlier this year. Earlier, Brazilian midfielder Valdivia had scored the pick of the night’s goals, lofting […]