The game was hard-fought from the beginning as both teams looked to make their mark. Chances were few and far between, however, with a strong defensive showing on either end limiting both Pachuca and Grêmio largely to shots from distance.
In the second half, chances began to increase as both teams looked to settle the score in regulation. Luan saw his shot tipped against the post by Óscar Pérez, while Víctor Guzmán hit the woodwork at the other end with his header.
In the final moments, a corner kick nearly brought Grêmio the breakthrough, but after a deflection the ball fell to Pérez. With the game still 0-0 after the 90 minutes, the semifinal advanced to extra time.
Then, just five minutes into the first overtime period, Grêmio found the elusive first goal. Joaquín Martínez got beat on a throw-in and Everton cut inside the box from the left and sent his right-footed shot into the upper corner. “Conejo” Pérez had no chance as the Brazilians took the 1-0 lead.
Just five minutes after that, Pachuca’s hopes of an equalizer took a blow when Víctor Guzmán was ejected with his second yellow card, leaving the Tuzos to see out the remaining time with just 10 men.
Grêmio controlled the game with the extra man, and in the 111th minute they had a would-be second goal disallowed for offside. Everton’s goal was all they needed, though, as they earned the victory by the minimum difference.
With the 1-0 win, Grêmio advances to the final to face the winner of Real Madrid/Al Jazira, while Pachuca will face the loser of that match in the third-place game.