He Palmeiras thrashed River Plate in Argentina on Tuesday 0-3 with goals from Rony, Luiz Adriano and Matías Viña in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semifinals and took a big step towards the final of the tournament to be played at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on January 30.
Ronielson ‘Rony’ da Silva Barbosa scored the first goal of the game in the 27th minute with a powerful shot from inside the area that was deflected by a defender, after a gross error in the clearance by local goalkeeper Franco Armani.
At 47 minutes Luiz Adriano made it 0-2 after leaving Paraguayan Robert Rojas on the road and defining between Armani’s legs.
River Plate’s Colombian midfielder Jorge Carrascal was sent off in the 60th minute for a strong infraction against Gabriel Menino. Two minutes later Uruguayan Viña put the head 0-3.
This match was played at the Independiente stadium, the Libertadores de América, because the Monumental of Buenos Aires is subjected to remodeling.
He The second leg will be played on January 12 at the Allianz Parque stadium in Sao Paulo and the final will be against the Brazilian Santos or the Argentine Boca Juniors.
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