When a big club gets relegated it is frequently a chance to regroup and bounce back stronger, which is exactly what has happened with Buenos Aires giants River Plate. In 2011-12 they spent a humiliating season fighting their way out of the Argentine second division. Now, they have regained their footballing identity and added some silver to the trophy cabinet. After winning the domestic title earlier this year, they have claimed the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent....
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- River Plate won the Copa Sudamericana title Wednesday after downing Colombian club Atletico Nacional 2-0 at home in the second leg of the final.
Gabriel Mercado and German Pezzella both scored with headers to give the famous Buenos Aires club its first international title in 17 years.
The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg last week in Latin America's second most important club tournament after the Copa Libertadores.
"Thanks to the players for playing the game the way...
Styles make fights, as the old time boxing writers used to put it -- and the styles of Colombia's Atletico Nacional and River Plate of Argentina made for an intriguing first leg in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent. After a 1-1 draw in Medellin, battle is rejoined next week in Buenos Aires -- which hopefully will produce another game full of quality between two well-matched teams.
River Plate play 4-4-2 with the classic midfield diamond -- a formation that...
The two-legged final of the Copa Sudamericana, this and next Wednesday, has run the risk of being overshadowed by the previous phase.
The semifinals were short on goals but long on drama. After a 1-1 aggregate draw, Atletico Nacional of Colombia defeated Sao Paulo of Brazil on penalties and briefly threatened to bring a melancholic close to the career of legendary Brazilian goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni. Subsequently, Ceni has announced he will play on in Sao Paulo's Copa Libertadores campaign.