THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR RIVER
Goals in both legs from striker Juan Gilberto Funes seal River Plate’s first Copa Libertadores in October. A victory 20 years in the making, River had reached the 1966 and 1976 finals before beating America de Cali. “The explosion of emotion was incredible,” coach Hector Veira later beamed. “I saw people of 60 or 70 in tears, hugging grandchildren.” They go on to lift the Intercontinental Cup in December, too.