december 9 2018 final open goal pass assist shot 3-1 win winning

#46 // Quintero → Martínez River Plate 3 – 1 Boca Juniors

At the Bernabéu, in Madrid, two South American teams crossed the Atlantic to play the final game of the Copa Libertadores.

River Plate, from Argentina

And Boca Juniors, from Argentina.

Ending with this, in extra time:




6,000 miles from Buenos Aires, at one of the largest stadiums in soccer.

The place packed, for the spectacle of it all.

Bragging rights on the line for (at least) a year, with the championships of South America down to two teams from the same city.

Maybe the most tense game of the year, so far.

And in the last minute, Juan Fernando Quintero with the finishing touch.

A Bergkamp-esque behind-the-back flick and pass to himself around the defender…

A scramble to get back to the ball, and a boot downfield releasing Gonzalo Martínez onto goal.

Open net, last minute—the dagger.



Just ten minutes earlier, it was Quintero who’d already made himself the hero.

Flipping a tie game around for River Plate, with a wondergoal.



So that’s how it ended:

A packed box for a last-chance effort from Boca Juniors, and then…

The 60-yard long ball to space.

The sprint, the touch, the goal by Martínez.

And the assist that put a (!!!) on this gem of a game from Quintero.



With the final score 3-1.


And River Plate the champions of South America.