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 By Tim Vickery

River Plate's game plan gives them crucial first-leg win over Lanus

Ignacio Scocco's goal in the 82nd minute was all River Plate would need to defeat Lanus.

There were plenty of fireworks as River Plate and Lanus took the field for the first leg of an all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semifinal.

The fans had to wait 81 minutes for the main explosion of the night, Ignacio Scocco's goal which gave River a 1-0 win. But this was an absorbing game, in which River's first-leg lead was the result of a victory in the battle of ideas.

The game plan of Lanus is the same as it has been for a couple of seasons. Under coach Jorge Almiron they have shown admirable...

 By Tim Vickery

River Plate, Barcelona host Copa Libertadores semis starting Tuesday

Striker Ignacio Scocco and River Plate host Lanus in an all-Argentine clash on Tuesday night.

Now that the drama of this month's FIFA dates is done and digested, the focus in South America switches to club football.

The Copa Libertadores, the continent's Champions League, has reached the semifinal stage.

Four teams from three different countries are left to fight for the trophy in what is a special year for the Libertadores.

Previously, the action was crammed into the first half of the year, with occasional brief extensions to allow for World Cups.

This year, though, the Libertadores...

 By Tim Vickery

South America's Champions League, the Copa Libertadores, picks up pace

Bolivian side Wilstermann weren't expected to get to the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals and hope to continue their journey by defeating River Plate.

Some three and a half months have passed since the group phase came to an end and the Copa Libertadores field was whittled down to 16 teams. Since then there has only been one more round.

Eight teams remain. By next Thursday there will only be four, and come the end of November the continent will have its champion, just in time to go to the Arab Emirates and take part in the Club World Cup.

By pure coincidence, there is a delightful symmetry about the quarterfinals. Argentina and Brazil each provide...

 By Chris Wright

Man of the match in Argentina's Supercopa presented with BBQ

Saturday evening saw Lanus crowned Supercopa champions when they saw off River Plate in the game that pits the champions of the Primera Division against the winners of the Copa Argentina.

After opening the scoring in the latter stages, Lanus forward Lautaro Acosta ended up taking the man of the match "honours" as his side ran out 3-0 winners.

The 28-year-old was presented with a shiny new BBQ grill for all his hard work.

Atlanta United completes signing of Paraguay star Miguel Almiron

Miguel Almiron, right, played for Paraguay at the Copa America last summer.

Atlanta United completed the signing of Lanus midfielder Miguel Almiron on Monday.

The MLS expansion club will pay a transfer fee of around $8 million to the Argentina club, according to multiple league sources, after initial reports had pegged Almiron's fee as high as $13 million.

Almiron signed a Young Designated Player contract after acquiring the right of first refusal from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for general allocation money.

The 22-year-old plays as an attacking or left-sided midfielder....