The first half started off with the fear of losing the face of fans and taking the weather to the field. Nothing so extraordinary happened until Nández found Benedetto in a beautiful setting on 44 minutes. The enlightened striker put Boca ahead in a beautiful move. River came back better and reached the tie with Pratto, at 22, after a beautiful table between Nacho Fernández and Palacios. He was the one who showed the most desire to win.
The extra time came and with it the most decisive move. In the first minute, Barrios received the second yellow and red for an entrance of excessive force in Palacios. River moved forward, Boca backed up, trying to pass the time. But it was not in the plans of another Colombian, Quintero. He landed a beautiful shot from the edge of the area at three in the second half and put the Millonarios in front. When he was nine (Gago was injured), Boca still had the chance to draw with Jara, who hit the post, but Pity Martínez closed the coffin in the next move, with the goal wide open in the desperation of goalkeeper Andrada.
One of the great players in the history of River Plate, Marcelo Gallardo looms larger as a coach. This was his ninth title - seven of them international - in 12 disputed finals, equaling Ramon Díaz in number of trophies. He is responsible for the club's most winning era, in a cycle that started in 2014. Suspended this Sunday, he went to the pitch after the match to lift the cup.
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