Palmeiras qualified this Tuesday for the fifth time to the final of the Copa Libertadores despite losing in the second leg of the semifinals 0-2 against River Plate, which with one man less from 72 minutes dominated the team from Sao Paul.
The goals of the Argentine team, who pressed from start to finish, were converted by Paraguayan Robert Rojas and Colombian Rafael Santos Borré.
The game was intense from the beginning, with attempts from the middle distance by Brazilian Gustavo Scarpa and the visitor Matías Suárez, then, in the subsequent danger plays, the protagonists were Borré and Rony, who brought Argentina and Brazil closer to the first goal.
The first goal came a minute later, at 28, with a projection to the right of De La Cruz, who raised the ball and the center was capitalized with an accurate header from Rojas, who beat his compatriot Gustavo Gómez, líder of the defense of Palmeiras.
Before the end of the first half, in the 43rd minute, De La Cruz once again launched himself from the right, Suárez deflected the center and Borré, well positioned, scored the 0-2 header.
For the second half, Palmeiras coach, Portuguese Abel Ferreira, moved his chips, but the homeowners quickly got scared, again with plays led by De La Cruz.
First, the VAR annulled at 54 minutes the third goal of the River by an advanced position of Borré and then, in the 74, when the Argentines were already with ten players due to the expulsion of Rojas, the video referee reversed a penalty marked by Uruguayan judge Esteban Ostojich in an alleged foul on Gonzalo Montiel.
The striker Luiz Adriano, the Uruguayan full-back Matías Viña and Ze Rafael desperately sought the discount for Palmeiras, but the River did not lower their guard and could also expand with Borré and Ignacio Fernández.
In replacement time, the Colombian Nicolás Gallo, responsible for the VAR, annulled another alleged penalty committed by the Chilean Benjamin Kuscevic on Borré.
Palmeiras will meet on January 30 in Rio de Janeiro in the final of the Copa Libertadores with the winner of the key between the also Brazilian Santos and the Argentine Boca Juniors, which is defined this Wednesday in the port of São Paulo after a draw, 0-0, in the first leg played a week ago in Buenos Aires.