Copa Libertadores final madness was summed up in one player

Boca Juniors goalkeeper Esteban Andrada was the name on the lips of everyone as the game went to extra-time

After the bus attacks, tear gas and postponements, all eyes shifted to Madrid for the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

And thankfully all the focus was on the pitch this time.

After the first leg between Boca Juniors and River Plate back in Argentina had ended 2-2, this second leg sprang into life when Dario Benedetto gave Boca the lead just before half-time at the Bernabeu.

But River Plate were never going to take that lying down, and equalised through Lucas Pratto midway inside the second half.

The game then headed for extra-time, where it turned on the red card picked up by Boca’s Wilmar Barrios for two bookable offences.

Juan Quintero’s fine strike then put River ahead will 11 minutes of extra-time remaining, and that set the tone for the madness that was the follow.

Because for pretty much the last 10 minutes of extra-time, Boca goalkeeper Esteban Andrada decided that he was going to take matters into his own hands.

And basically not be a goalkeeper any more.

Andrada started by dribbling the ball outside of his area, and then went up for a corner with SEVEN minutes left.

And he was up for another set-piece in the closing moments when, after he missed a header, Gonzalo Martinez raced clear to tap into an empty net and win the final for River.

They may have won 5-3 on aggregate, but fans were in no doubt about the star.

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