Semi-Final Riot

The Semi-Finals are over from the Copa Libertadores and it was events towards the end of a heated match which has caught the headlines.

Brazilian side, Gremio won the first leg of the semi-final in Argentina 1-0. River Plate travelled to Brazil with the disadvantage which would only be increased when Gremio's, Leonardo Gomes struck first blood to give his side the lead. River Plate waited until the 82′ minute to find the net but still was trailing on aggregate.

Two minutes from time, VAR was needed to decide a penalty decision against the home side. The spot-kick was awarded despite outrageous appeals by the Gremio players. If River Plate converted the penalty it meant that the away goal would make them eligible to advance to the Final. After a long wait before Martinez could even take the penalty, he smashed it home.

If you tuned in to watch the end of the match you would be shocked to see that there were fifteen minutes of additional time added to the clock. This was because of the altercations between ref's and players. At the end of the match, Gremio players rushed the officials and riot police had to intervene. Riots have broken out in stadiums in Brazil before and they deflated the tensions before they got to a breaking point.