Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Five unanswered questions about the Copa Libertadores final

Police and River Plate fans outside El Monumental in Buenos Aires on Sunday Police and River Plate fans outside El Monumental in Buenos Aires on Sunday
| 28 November, 2018, 02:33

CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez said: "The conditions are not equal and therefore we will postpone this final".

But at the moment when the players of Boca juniors was approaching the stadium, their bus was pelted with various objects fans "river Plate".

The second leg, finely poised at 2-2, was delayed twice on Saturday before being rescheduled for the following day after River Plate fans smashed windows on the Boca Juniors coach on the team's approach to El Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.

Boca's request for the latest postponement centred on a desire for the showpiece continental decider to be played "under equal conditions" following the "acts of violence" that were witnessed on Sunday.

A decision is expected by November 27, in a meeting including representatives from Boca and River, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez was furious with CONMEBOL officials over their reaction to the bus attack.

Boca fans could not attend the match because of a 2013 ban on away fans in Argentina aimed at reducing soccer violence.

The first leg of the final on November 11 ended 2-2 at Boca's La Bombonera Stadium.


Boca subsequently requested the match not be held on Monday, leading CONMEBOL to arrange a meeting of all parties at their headquarters in Paraguay this coming Wednesday to determine a new date and time.

"We want immediate action from the authorities and will help to identify, capture and prosecute those responsible".

After discussions that led to several delays, the game was eventually suspended for 24 hours until 5pm local time (8pm GMT) on Sunday .

"I'm convinced that these games are played and won on the field, but sometimes I have to refrain from what I think personally and stick to the statutes" said Boca President Daniel Angelici.

Pandemonium reigned at the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final yesterday morning (Singapore time), causing the match to be postponed. The decision has been taken.

The all-Buenos Aires clash, the first time Argentina's two top clubs had met for the South American equivalent of Europe's Champions League, was billed as the greatest final in the competition's 58-year history.

The two sides are competing for the title for the first time in the tournament's almost 60-year history.

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