THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR RIVER

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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.

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