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Honours even in Copa Sudamericana final first leg

Honours even in Copa Sudamericana final first leg

Posted by Juan Gavasa on December 04, 2014

But Leonardo Pisculichi equalised after 66 minutes to give Argentine Primera Division giant River a priceless away goal heading into next week's return leg in Buenos Aires, where it eliminated bitter rival Boca Juniors last month.

Colombian champion Nacional - winners of the Primera A on 14 occasions - claimed the scalp of Sao Paulo to book a spot in the final of South America's second-tier club competition. Nacional edged Sao Paulo 1-0 in its semi-final first-leg visit to Medellin in November and it looked set to at least repeat that feat when Berrio opened the scoring 11 minutes before half-time.

After being played through by midfielder Edwin Cardona, Berrio fired the ball across River goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero from a tight angle. It was Berrio's first goal for Nacional since August.

Nacional continued to dictate proceedings before and after the interval, however, it was breached by River, which was rewarded for its hard work.

Just minutes after the home side had struck the bar, Pisculichi received the ball outside the penalty area for River and smashed a half-volley into the back of the net, after Franco Armani failed to deal with it. River will host Nacional at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on 10 November.

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