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Argentina’s players celebrate at the end of their semifinal soccer game against Paraguay’s , in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, allowing River Plate to advance to the championship round. (AP Photo/Cesar Olmedo)

Two-time champions Argentine club River Plate advanced to the Copa Libertadores final by securing a 3-1 victory over Paraguayan side Guarani here.

Having won last week’s first leg in Buenos Aires 2-0, the Argentine outfit earned a 1-1 draw at the Defensores del Chaco stadium here on Tuesday for a place in the final, reports Xinhua.

had given the Paraguayan side a fighting chance by scoring just after the hour mark before struck a 79th-minute equaliser.

River Plate will contest their first Copa Libertadores final since they beat Colombia’s America de Cali to triumph in the 1996 edition.

“It’s a great feeling after so long to play in the Copa Libertadores final,” a jubilant River Plate coach said after the match.

“The challenge is permanent. The players have given their all and now give themselves a chance to achieve a dream that we are all chasing. Now we have to prepare ourselves for what is coming.”

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River Plate’s opponent in the final will be decided on Wednesday when Mexico’s Tigres host Brazil’s Internacional in Monterrey. Internacional won the first leg 2-1.