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Why River Plate coach Gallardo could end up at Barcelona

Marcelo Gallardo's River Plate summoned up just enough to earn a potential dream final with Barcelona.
Marcelo Gallardo has put together an impressive CV in his six years in South America.

Pep Guardiola is a big fan of River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo and it's looking increasingly likely the Manchester City coach will be able to see his work more closely in the coming year.

"What Gallardo has done with River is incredible," Guardiola told an Argentine TV station. "Some things are inexplicable. Every year three coaches are named as the best in the world, and he's never among them. I can't understand it. It's as if there's nothing else in the world apart from Europe."

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Best of Brazilian football on show as Flamengo, Gremio play out pulsating draw

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Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa and Bruno Cortez square-off in Wednesday's Copa Libertadores semifinal first leg.

The all-Brazilian semifinal of the Copa Libertadores always held promise -- and Wednesday's first leg certainly did not disappoint.

In the battle between the two best footballing sides in the land -- Gremio and, especially, Flamengo -- fought out a pulsating 1-1 draw, punctuated with enough talking points for the discussion to last all the way to the rematch in three weeks' time.

Champions in 2017, Gremio are appearing in the semifinals for the third consecutive year. They are a well established...

Gremio stays even with Flamengo in Copa Libertadores semifinal thanks to VAR

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Pepe scored Gremio's equalizer in the 88th minute.

Gremio survived intense pressure and a string of favourable VAR decisions to grab an equaliser with two minutes remaining and rescue a 1-1 draw against Flamengo in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semifinal on Wednesday.

The visitors from Rio had three goals chalked off in a game they controlled almost throughout but were sunk at the last when Pepe nipped in at the back post to put away an inviting low cross from the right.

The 51,000 mostly-Gremio fans went wild and the relief was palpable...

Boca Juniors with deja vu as River Plate outflank Gustavo Alfaro's side

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Ramon Abila knows Boca Juniors have a mountain to climb in the Copa Libertadores semifinal.

Before their team's home game against historic rivals Boca Juniors, three River Plate fans each held aloft a large inflatable number -- a nine, a one and a two.

It was a reference to a date: Dec. 9, 2018, when the two Buenos Aires giants met in the final of the Copa Libertadores and River won 3-1.

Oct. 1 will not be seen as a date of equal significance. This, after all, was only the first leg of the semifinal. But River's 2-0 win on Tuesday puts them right on course to make it through to this year's...

River Plate land first blow on Boca Juniors in Copa Libertadores semifinal

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Rafael Borre celebrates after opening the scoring for River Plate against Boca Juniors on Tuesday.

A goal in each half, the first from a VAR assisted penalty, gave River Plate a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Boca Juniors in a tense semifinal first leg of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday.

Rafael Borre converted a spot kick with seven minutes gone after the Brazilian referee consulted with the VAR and adjudged the same player to have been felled in the penalty area.

Ignacio Fernandez doubled River's lead with 70 minutes gone when he flicked home a Matias Suarez cut back from the right wing.

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