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Copa Libertadores Final 2018

River Plate - Boca Juniors, Libertadores final postponed: how it happened

The game will be played on Sunday after some Boca Junior players were injured and exposed to tear gas when their bus was attacked.

Soccer Football - Copa Libertadores Final - Second leg - River Plate v Boca Juniors - Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - November 24, 2018   Fans leave the stadium after the match was postponed   REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Update, Sunday 25/11: The Copa Libertadores final second leg has been postponed for a second time - follow live coverage of this breaking news here

Follow River Plate v Boca Juniors live online at the Bernabéu! 

The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors was suspended on Saturday after Boca players were hurt when their bus was attacked outside the stadium by River fans.

River Plate vs Boca Juniors postponed

"One can't play in these conditions," Alejandro Dominguez, President of the South American Football Confederation, (CONMEBOL) told reporters.

The match was rescheduled for Sunday, kicking off at 5 pm local time (21:00 GMT).

Several Boca players were injured either by glass from broken windows or from tear gas after River fans pelted their coach with missiles as it approached the ground. Here's how it all happened and related stories...

Copa Libertadores Final 2018 postponed: how it happened

Copa Libertadores Final 2018: match preview pre-trouble

Describing this Copa Libertadores final second leg as 'much anticipated' gets nowhere close to doing it the justice it deserves. Millions of pages of text have been written; photogalleries have been created; videos and interviews have been shot; there has been a reproduction of the first encounter build in Lego form. Fans have even burned down their rival's homes. That's the level of passion we're talking about.

The first leg at La Bombonera ended on the knife edge that is 2-2, a game that we had to wait an extra day for due to the deluge of rain that fell in Buenos Aires. Goals from Ramon Abila and Dario Benedetto were cancelled out one by one by Lucas Pratto and and own goal from Carlos Izquierdoz. The stage is now set for El Monumental to decide what could likely prove generational rather than seasonal bragging rights. It's the Superclásico of all Superclásicos.

River Plate

Although the two away goals at the La Bombonera don't give River an advantage, playing the second leg knowing any win is enough was a satisfying outcome. They will hope to boss much of the play, and take their chances when they come, but will be without Ignacio Scocco and Rafael Borre.

In the first leg, Gallardo moved to a 5-3-2 formation and controlled the middle of the park against the 4-3-3 facing them during the early stages.

Boca Juniors

Boca's home stadium was filled with bodies (over 60,000) and atmosphere on Thursday evening that football clubs around the world could only dream of. And this was just a training session, or more appropriately, a send off to the fight that lies ahead. Their noise will not be heard in the stadium (home fans only!) but their spirit will.

Carlos Tevez is the biggest name internationally of the current squad and will be involved at some point, possibly even from the start. Likely to have fewer opportunities to score than their hosts, efficiency in front of goal will be key, and in Benedetto they have their potential hero in waiting.


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