The two giants of Argentina, River and Boca, and two heavyweights from Brazil, Palmeiras and Gremio, who is also the current champion, will meet in a Copa Libertadores semifinals that have the extra to offer duels between sets of the two countries, thus the big guns and strong of America.
Among the four contenders for the most important trophy in the continent, they bring together no less than 13 historical titles (six Boca, three River and Gremio and one Palmeiras), and although they are teams with a lot of tradition in this contest and have crossed many times, any of the possible endings would be unprecedented and with a level of morbid seldom seen.
If the two Argentines pass, there would be definition between rivals of the country of tango for the first time, while a hypothetical final between the ‘Tricolor’ and the ‘Verdao’ would be the third in history among Brazilians after the 2005 (Paranaense-Sao Paulo ) and 2006 (Sao Paulo-International). In addition, whoever is champion will get a ticket to the next World Cup of the Arab Emirates, for which his place has already secured Real Madrid for having lifted the last Champions.
The reigning champion, already without their talisman, Arthur Melo -now standing out at Barça-, continues at a steady pace and on his way to the dream of the bicampeonato thhe will play their third consecutive crossing with Argentine teams: after suffering with Estudiantes (he called the series ‘in extremis’ and won on penalties), comes from crushing Atlético Tucumán in the quarterfinals, with a 6-0 aggregate.
Opposite will have another giant and as candidate for the title as they, the River Plate Marcelo Gallardo , who since sitting on the bench of his love club has reached Libertadores ‘semis’ in three of the last four editions, one of them, the 2015, crowned with the title. The ‘millionaires’ also left in the way two fellow, Racing eighth and Independiente in the quarter, in both cases with marked superiority.
In addition to having played the final of the year 2000, which turned in favor of the Argentine team in the penalty shootout, Palmeiras and Boca Juniors shared Group in the current edition. In Sao Paulo it was tied to one, while in Buenos Aires 2-0 won the ‘Verdao’, which reached the final day already classified and, if he lost that last game, left out his opponent in the semifinal.
After finishing the first phase as the team with the best performance, the Brazilian team had more work in eighths against Cerro Porteño, who went through a goal difference, than in the quarterfinals, where he humiliated the Colo-Colo with a global 4- 0. It has an oiled operation for a long time and has plenty of arguments to dream about the second trophy in its history – after the 1999 -, among them the attacker Miguel Borja, up to here top scorer with nine goals.
The ‘xeneize’, meanwhile, surpassed Freedom in the eighths (overall of 6-2) but sweated the big drop in the quarterfinals against Cruzeiro, who was very close to equal the series after the 2-0 of La Bombonera, Although the rematch was settled with a 1-1 achieved by the Argentines in the 93rd minute. The first leg collisions will take place between October 23 and 25 and the rematches during the following week, and in both cases the defining party It will be played on Brazilian soil.
Source : Mundodeportivo