Historic Third Place in the Women’s Copa Libertadores River beat Cerro Porteño 2-1 and, on its first participation in the Copa, got on the podium of the continent.

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This Saturday in Paraguay, River’s women football team closed its participation in the Copa Libertadores de America. In the match for the third place, the girls beat Cerro Porteño and by means of the bronze medal crowned its great participation in the tournament (the champion was Audax/Corinthians, from Brazil).

The afternoon had begun uphill for those coached by Daniel Reyes because the Paraguayans kicked a penalty in the 21’ of the first half, but the goalkeeper Florencia Chiribelo threw herself to the right and rejected the shot to keep her goal in zero.

In the 34’, River took the lead thanks to the Uruguayan Carolina Birizamberri, who took a rebound after a free kick from Alejandra Herrera that hit the crossbar and put the 1-0. However, Cerro tied the match at the beginning of the second half.

During all the second half, both teams played to the full looking for a place on the podium, but the final joy was millonaria: in injury time, and when everything seemed to indicate that the match was going to be defined on a penalty shootout, the scorer Birizamberri appeared once again in the area after a corner kick and scored the final 2-1 that unleashed River’s celebration.

In this way, the team ended its first participation in the Copa Libertadores matching the best historic place of an Argentinian representative in the competition and being the first of them to win its group. Besides, Carolina Birizamberri was awarded for being one of the top scorers of the Copa, with four goals.

Picture: Twitter @RiverFutbolFem

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