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

Argentinian giants River Plate beat Guarani of Paraguay 2-0 here Tuesday to put themselves firmly on course for a place in the final of the Copa Libertadores.   Second-half goals from defender Gabriel Mercado and Rodrigo Mora gave the Buenos Aires side a commanding first-leg lead, which leaves Guarani needing to stage a dramatic fightback to advance to the final. Mercado fired River into the lead on 59 minutes before Uruguayan striker Mora made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute. Mora’s goal was a contender for goal of the tournament, with the 27-year-old advancing into the Guarani penalty area before lifting a sublime chip over goalkeeper Alfredo Aguilar. Earlier Mercado had broken Guarani’s resistance, lashing home from close range after the Paraguayans failed to deal with a deep ball into the penalty area. The second Copa Libertadores semi-final will see Internacional of Brazil face Mexican side Tigres in Porto Alegre. . By AFP

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