River Plate arrive in Madrid ahead of Superclasico final with Boca

Rex Christensen
December 7, 2018

The teams drew 2-2 in the first leg at Boca's ground but the second leg, originally scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires on November 24, was twice postponed after River supporters attacked Boca's team bus outside the Monumental Stadium.

Fans have also started streaming into the Spanish capital in anticipation of the concluding leg of a tie that has been dubbed the biggest ever in South American club football.

A hasty rescheduling for the following day failed to get off the ground, with CONMEBOL accepting Boca's stance that it would be impossible for the game to take place under conditions of "sporting equality".

"It is a weird final", Tevez said on Thursday after Boca had trained at Las Rozas, the base of the Spanish national team.

South American football officials then ruled that the game should be moved from Argentina altogether, settling on the home of Real Madrid as the venue.

Boca players sustained injuries after rocks were thrown and at the bus and pepper spray was used. "But, as a player, it's important to stay focused on the match".

Violent scenes caused the planned second leg to be postponed and moved
Violent scenes caused the planned second leg to be postponed and moved

River have complained of losing home advantage Boca enjoyed in the first leg, which finished 2-2 at the Bombonera stadium on November 11.

Both teams have opposed the relocation, with Boca demanding that they automatically be crowned champions due to the attack on their team bus, while River have decried the loss of home advantage with the switch. "To play at home, sometimes it goes against you in a Libertadores final". With the problems surrounding that final he is very keen on playing in the Bernabeu stadium in a lovely country like Spain.

Experienced Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago is back at his old stomping ground as a former Real Madrid player.

"Honestly, I think the best thing was to play it in South America, in River's stadium as planned", he said.

"Sadly we had to come to play here".

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