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River Plate takes 1st leg advantage over Boca Juniors

River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 01: Ignacio Fernandez of River Plate celebrates with teammate Matias Suarez after scoring the second goal of his team during the semi final first leg match between River Plate and Boca Juniors as part of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019 at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on October 1, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)

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The Superclasico serving as Copa Libertadores semifinal got off to a pro-River Plate start, as Los Millonarios beat Boca Juniors 2-0 in the semifinal first leg on Tuesday.

Rafael Santos Borre converted a 7th minute penalty, and Ignacio “Nacho” Fernandez scored in the 70th minute as River takes a two-goal advantage back across Buenos Aires.

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Fernandez’s goal was the 29-year-old’s first in nine career matches against Boca (He had posted two assists). He had been linked with a move to LA Galaxy earlier this year.

The second leg is Oct. 22 at Boca. The other semifinal kicks off Wednesday, with Gremio hosts Flamengo in an all-Brazil affair.

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