Argentina’s River Plate play Brazil’s Santos for the first leg of the two semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s top club competition. It’s going to be tough for team from Sao Paolo but their Buenos Aires opponents, River, will have their dramatic capitulation in last year’s final at the backs of their minds. Make sure you know how to watch a River Plate vs Palmeiras free live stream wherever you are in the world.
Free live stream
UK football fans can watch a River Plate vs Palmeiras live stream free on the BBC through BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website or by using the red button. Make sure to use a VPN if you’re a UK citizen trying to from abroad. In the US, cable subscribers can watch on BeInSports or without cable on FuboTV. DAZN offers paid access in parts of Europe.
River Plate have won South America’s top club competition four times and will be looking to make their third final in as many years. Marcelo Gallardo’s side smashed Nacional 8-2 in the quarters and will be looking to make amends after losing out on the trophy last year after conceding two goals to Flamengo in the final five minutes.
Palmeiras’ only Copa title came back in 1999 and it’s going to be an ask for them to do it again this time around. They beat Paraguay’s Libertad 4-1 to make the semis but will find River an altogether different proposition.
The kick-off is 00.30 GMT very late on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in the UK and at a more civilized 19.30 ET on Tuesday 5th January in the States. Read on to find out how to watch a River Plate vs Palmeiras free live stream, wherever you are in the world.
Watch a River Plate vs Palmeiras live stream for free
The BBC has the rights to air the Copa Libertadores final and semi-finals in the UK and it’s worth remembering that you can enjoy the coverage for free from abroad too as a UK national using a VPN.
River Plate vs Palmeiras will be available on UK TVs using the Red Button or through the BBC iPlayer app which you can view on a smart TV, tablet, smartphone or through your browser.
You can also watch a River Plate vs Palmeiras live stream on the BBC Sport website too using any smart device.
Watch a River Plate vs Palmeiras live stream abroad using a VPN
Even if you have access to the BBC, you won’t be able to watch it when outside your own country without a VPN. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as NordVPN.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
River Plate vs Palmeiras live stream free in the US
BeIn Sports is the rights holder for River Plate vs Palmeiras and the rest of the Copa Libertadores for the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. You can subscribe to the channel through your cable or satellite provider in the US and watch online too through the BeIn Sports Connect player.
The FuboTV app is available on smart TVs, games consoles, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and all mobiles, tablets and laptops.
Going to be outside the country this weekend? You can use a VPN to watch from abroad as if you were back at home in the States.
River Plate vs Palmeiras live stream in Europe
Eurosport and DAZN split the majority of the Copa Libertadores TV rights across Europe and you can watch the coverage for a relatively low monthly subscription fee through the DAZN app and the Eurosport Player.
For those in Albania, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, it’s Eurosport. Viewers in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, San Marino and Switzerland need DAZN. People watching in France will need Canal+ and for Portugal it’s Sport TV.
Copa Libertadores fixtures
Times are in GMT and ET.
Tuesday 5th January
River Plate vs Palmeiras (1st leg, semi) – BBC Sport 00.30 GMT (on 6th), 19.30 ET
Wednesday 6th January
Boca Juniors vs Santos (1st leg, semi) – BBC Sport 22.15 GMT, 17.15 ET
Tuesday 12th January
Santos vs Boca Juniors (2nd leg, semi) – BBC Sport
Wednesday 13th January
Palmeiras vs River Plate (2nd leg semi) – BBC Sport
Saturday 30th January
Copa Libertadores Final TBC