The streak came to an end. On Brazilian soil, River Plate’s defeat to Atlético Mineiro in the quarterfinals ended the 10-year series in a row with at least one Argentine team in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, the main continental club tournament.
The elimination of Boca Juniors with great controversy precisely against Mineiro in the round of 16, with two goals canceled by the VAR, one in each game of the series, left the survivor of his country in the quarterfinals in River, after having eliminated Argentinos Juniors.
Thus, beyond the best and worst performances of other teams in Argentina, the illusion of maintaining the streak that began in 2011, of having at least one representative in the semifinals, collapsed with the elimination of the team led by Marcelo Gallardo.
These were the Argentines in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores in the previous 10 years:
2020: River and Boca
2019: River (finalist) and Boca
2018: River (champion) and Boca (finalist)
2017: Lanús (finalist) and River
2014: San Lorenzo (champion)
2012: Boca (finalist)
Looking further back, there were many more Argentine presences among the top four of the Libertadores. Taking into account since 2000, only three times there was no albiceleste semifinalist, four now adding 2021. The previous years were 2002, 2006 and 2010.
In between, Estudiantes de La Plata was crowned champion in 2009 and Boca in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007.
Thus, the end of a very good streak came, with the Brazilians being the great protagonists of the Copa Libertadores this season.
For the ninth time in the history of the Cup #Liberters , no Argentine team reached the semifinals (counting heads-up series or keys from three teams). The last time it happened was in the 2010 edition, when the Estudiantes champion from Sabella fell in the quarterfinals. pic.twitter.com/t9a3SM9Bwm
– SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) August 19, 2021