Colombian Rafael Santos Borré burned the dynamite he had saved for a long time and scored a hat-trick with which River Plate defeated the Uruguayan national team 2-6 on Thursday in Montevideo and was installed in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores for the fourth time in a row.
At a high level from the beginning of the game until the 90th minute, the team led by Marcelo Gallardo crushed its rival with an aggregate of 2-8 and will meet the Brazilian Palmeiras in the semifinals.
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Conditioned by 2-0 against those who suffered in the first round, Nacional launched the attack from the beginning with a 1-3-4-3 in their tactical design. However, Jorge Giordano’s plan was intercepted after 20 minutes when Sergio Rochet was sent off for a foul on Matías Suárez.
With numerical superiority, River Plate took over the reins of the game and seven minutes later they took the lead with a goal from Jorge Carrascal. The shot in the corner of the Colombian opened the game and closed the series.
With individual impulses, mainly from Ayrton Cougo and Pablo García, the Tricolor tried to create danger, although it was not easy for them to approach the goal defended by Franco Armani.
River Plate, on the other hand, had a great opportunity to score following a counterattack after 44 minutes, but Nicolás de la Cruz’s shot from the left sailed high over the bar.
Far from staying, the locals were ahead again and found their prize in overtime, when Cougo finished a good team game and sealed 1-2.
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In the second half, after 49 minutes and after a good maneuver by Carrascal on the left, Bruno Zuculini took advantage of Suárez’s qualification inside the area and scored the third goal for his team.
With 1-5 against in total, Giordano took from the field Gonzalo Bergessio and “Chory” Gonzalo Castro, his most veteran footballers, and gave way to Ignacio Lores and Santiago Rodríguez, who a few moments later what they jumped on the field scored 2-3.
From that moment came the magical night for Borré, who scored the fourth goal after a cross from Gonzalo Montiel.
At the age of 73, Borré returned to report on the scoreboard, again with the help of Gonzalo Montiel.
Borré sealed his treble at the age of 80, activated again by Montiel.
Number 19 shouted in the 66th, 73rd and 79th minutes and closed a dream night for a team that, with the help of “Muñeco” Gallardo, is looking for the third consecutive final and the fifth Copa Libertadores.