Copa Libertadores Review: River Plate and Gremio to meet in semis

River Plate and Gremio will meet in the final four after respective wins against Independiente and Atletico Tucuman.

River Plate celebrate advancing to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals   -  Getty Images

River Plate advanced to the Copa Libertadores semifinals, where it will face Gremio for a place in the decider. Argentine powerhouse River booked its passage through to the final four with a 3-1 victory over Independiente in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

The quarterfinal tie was evenly poised after three-time champion River played out a goalless draw with fellow Argentine side Independiente – the most successful team in Libertadores history thanks to seven titles – in the opening leg.

River, which won the tournament in 2015, was too strong on home soil despite trading goals with Independiente early in the second half.

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Ignacio Scocco's 47th-minute opener was cancelled out by Independiente's Silvio Romero eight minutes later at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti.

But, substitute Juan Quintero restored River's lead in the 69th minute before fellow Colombian Rafael Borre sealed the side's progression with five minutes remaining.

Brazilian outfit Gremio, meanwhile, cruised into the semis following its routine 4-0 win against 10-man Atletico Tucuman.

Luan, Cicero and Jael were on target, while Alejandro Sanchez scored an own goal as Gremio triumphed 6-0 on aggregate over the Argentine visitor.