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Argentina: River Plate beat Boca 2-0 in first leg of Copa Libertadores SF

Argentina, Buenos Aires
October 02, 2019 at 10:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Players and managers from River Plate and Boca Juniors gave their reactions after River won 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa Liberatordes semi-final on Tuesday, in Buenos Aires.

Boca Juniors striker Ramon Abila complained about the VAR assisted penalty that allowed River to go up 1-0 just seven minutes into the match with a spot kick from Rafael Borre.

"We knew that they, (Rafael Santos) Borre as well as (Nicolas) De la Cruz and (Exequiel) Palacios, are trained to simulate those fouls, and it turns out that today they did not protest the penalty and they gave it to them anyway," Abila said.

Despite his team's defeat Boca manager Gustavo Alfaro struck an upbeat tone, stating that "We don't consider at all that the playoff is finished. There are 90 minutes left, we have a "lifetime", we know that River is a great team but we trust ourselves."

River's Ignacio Fernandez's goal at minute 70 sealed the deal for his team, with Boca now forced to wait until October 22 for the second leg and a chance at redemption.

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Players and managers from River Plate and Boca Juniors gave their reactions after River won 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa Liberatordes semi-final on Tuesday, in Buenos Aires.

Boca Juniors striker Ramon Abila complained about the VAR assisted penalty that allowed River to go up 1-0 just seven minutes into the match with a spot kick from Rafael Borre.

"We knew that they, (Rafael Santos) Borre as well as (Nicolas) De la Cruz and (Exequiel) Palacios, are trained to simulate those fouls, and it turns out that today they did not protest the penalty and they gave it to them anyway," Abila said.

Despite his team's defeat Boca manager Gustavo Alfaro struck an upbeat tone, stating that "We don't consider at all that the playoff is finished. There are 90 minutes left, we have a "lifetime", we know that River is a great team but we trust ourselves."

River's Ignacio Fernandez's goal at minute 70 sealed the deal for his team, with Boca now forced to wait until October 22 for the second leg and a chance at redemption.

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