Palmeiras 0-2 River Plate (3-2 aggregate): the comeback falls short in the semifinal thriller

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Palmeiras reached his first Copa Libertadores final since 2000 after beating River Plate despite a thrilling loss in the second leg on Tuesday.

First-half goals from Robert Rojas and Rafael Santos Borre put River on track to sensationally overcome a 3-0 deficit in the semifinals in Sao Paulo.

Champion in 2018, River had a goal disallowed early in the second half and a penalty disallowed after Rojas’ red card, Palmeiras held on for a 3-2 aggregate victory.

River found its way back to the tie before the break.

Rojas delivered a brilliant header from a corner by Nicolás De La Cruz before Borre headed in a cross from Matías Suárez in the 44th minute.

River thought they had tied the tie in the 52nd minute, but Gonzalo Montiel’s volley was ruled out for offside after a VAR control.

There was more drama to follow.

Rojas was sent off in the 73rd minute after receiving a second yellow card.

But River received a penalty just two minutes later for a challenge from Alan Empereur on Suárez, only to have the decision overturned after a VAR control.

There was another penalty check for River in the 100th minute, but Palmeiras held out to go to the final against Santos or Boca Juniors.

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