Copa Libertadores final: Boca v River first leg postponed after torrential rain

Rex Christensen
November 11, 2018

The postponement means the football world will have to wait for an epic battle between Boca and River, fierce local rivals who are meeting in the final of South American football's top club competition for the first time.

CONMEBOL, the official governing body of South American football, have tweeted to say the SuperClasico is slated to be rearranged for as early as tomorrow, with La Bombonera poised to host the derby at 4pm local time (7pm United Kingdom time) on Sunday.

Torrential rain hit the Buenos Aires area throughout Friday and Saturday and the pitch was waterlogged and unplayable, officials ruled.

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As the storm continue to lash the Argentinian capital, organisers initially tried to delay the kick-off from 3pm (8pm GMT) by either two hours or four hours. Boca's team coach had set off for the stadium only to turn back and return to their hotel before the decision was made to postpone the match.

The first leg, on Saturday night, sees River make the short trip to Boca's La Bombonera stadium without the backing of their support with away fans banned from both legs. After the game was initally slated to take place on Monday or Wednesday, it will now take place on Sunday.

The return leg, at River's Monumental stadium on November 24, will be played before a full house of 67,000.

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