24.5 C
New York
July 31, 2019
Riot police protect referee as River Plate beat incensed Gremio after VAR penalty
Top Stories

Riot police protect referee as River Plate beat incensed Gremio after VAR penalty


River Plate were awarded a penalty by VAR in the 86th minute, which was eventually converted five minutes into stoppage time

Riot police had to protect referee Andres Cunha as River Plate beat Gremio with a late penalty in an incredible Copa Libertadores semi-final.

Gonzalo Martinez scored the spot-kick, given via the video assistant referee, in the fifth of 14 added minutes.

Defender Bressan, who conceded the penalty for handball, was sent off as he remonstrated with Cunha, with play held up as Gremio’s players protested.

River Plate won the second leg 2-1 and went through on the away goals rule.

The Argentine side, beaten 1-0 at home in the first leg, went further behind when Leo Gomes scored for the Brazilian holders after 35 minutes in Porto Alegre.

River Plate were still two goals behind on aggregate with nine minutes of normal time left, but then Rafael Borre scored.

Uruguayan Cunha then sparked the penalty drama in the 86th minute and was surrounded by Gremio players, with riot police entering the field to protect him during the nine-minute delay that followed before the kick was taken.

Victory for River Plate sets up the possibility of an all-Argentine final against Boca Juniors, who play Palmeiras in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, having won the home leg 2-0.



Source BBC News

Related posts

Celtic 5-0 Hearts: Reigning champions outclass leaders Hearts with thumping win

12news

Jose Mourinho: Man Utd can still finish in the top four after Liverpool loss

12news

Troy Deeney: Watford captain says ex-boss Walter Mazzarri tried to sell him ‘behind my back’

12news

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More