Copa Libertadores Semi-Finals

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Club América of Mexico and Fluminese will contest the two-legged final of the 2013 Copa Libertadores later this month. Fluminese saw off fellow Brazilians Vasco Da Gama 3-0 on aggregate, after their 2-0 win at home last night with late goals from Thiago Neves and Ciro (below) sealing their place in the final. They’ll be without Edwin Valencia though, as he was dismissed for a second booking deep into second-half stoppage time.

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América matched River Plate’s 3-1 first leg win at to bring the tie back level 4-4 on aggregate after a thrilling 120 minutes of football in Mexico City. When Carlos Luna blazed River Plate’s fifth and final penalty over the bar, the Liga MX runners-up made it through to their first-ever Copa Libertadores final.

Fluminese’s only final appearance to date was as runners-up in 2008 to Ecuadorian side De Quito, meaning that we’ll see a new name etched on the trophy in a fortnight’s time. The first leg will be played in Rio de Janeiro on 17 July, with the second leg in Mexico City the following week.

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