River Plate vs. Santa Fe: Score, Reaction from 2016 Recopa Sudamericana Leg 2

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2016

Gonzalo Martinez of Argentina's River Plate, right, fights for the ball against Carlos Arboleda of Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe during the Recopa Sudamericana final soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Agustin Marcarian)
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River Plate claimed its second straight Recopa Sudamericana crown with a 2-1 win over Santa Fe on Thursday night.

Thursday featured the second and final leg of the competition. Santa Fe, last year's Copa Sudamericana champion, and River Plate, the winner of the Copa Libertadores, battled to a goalless draw Aug. 18.

River Plate, which hosted the second leg, quickly ensured there would not be a repeat of the first leg as Sebastian Driussi put the Argentines up 1-0 in the third minute.

After a quick free kick, the ball was worked down the left wing to Gonzalo Martinez, who meandered close to the edge of his Colombian opponents' box. Driussi met his low cross and managed to send the ball into the roof of the goal.

Martinez was almost a goalscorer in the 29th minute, but Robinson Zapata saved his shot from the middle of the box.

Four minutes later, Santa Fe almost drew level when William Tesillo managed to get his head on the end of a Carlos Arboleda cross. But Augusto Batalla saved his header. 

The Colombian side would rue the missed chance, as River Plate doubled its lead in the 51st minute via Lucas Alario.

Jonatan Maidana, who was about 12 yards from the goal, was able to deflect a cross high into the air, where Alario managed to outleap the Santa Fe defense and head his chance into the back of the net. 

Santa Fe managed to pull one back in the 65th minute, when Horacio Salaberry beat Batalla with a header from a pass by Humberto Osorio off a set piece.

But that was all the side could muster, as the River Plate defense didn't break under the immense Colombian pressure in the final 20 minutes.

With a second Recopa Sudamericana title under its belt after defeating San Lorenzo in 2015, River Plate can now focus on the start of the Argentine Primera Division season. Already with hardware after Thursday's win, the side will try to use the momentum to spark its season moving forward.