River Plate and Boca Juniors will play Copa Libertadores final in Madrid

The twice-postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final will be played at Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium on Dec. 9.

The match between Boca Juniors and River Plate was postponed on Saturday and then Sunday following an attack by River Plate fans on the Boca Juniors team bus. Windows were smashed and two Boca players -- captain Pablo Perez and Gonzalo Lamardo -- were injured.

Conmebol, the South American confederation, fined River Plate $400,000 for the violence and ordered its next two Conmebol matches to be played behind closed doors. Boca Juniors had wanted the second leg to be canceled and it to be awarded the series by forfeit. (The first leg hosted by Boca Juniors ended in a 2-2 tie.)

Such have been the security concerns about the game that Spanish president Pedro Sanchez issued a statement guaranteeing the safety of fans from both teams.

The availability of flights between Buenos Aires and Madrid and the Spanish capital's large Argentine community made Madrid an attractive venue.

Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez told the New York Times he was convinced Madrid was the place to hold the game after a telephone conversation with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

“Spain has the highest population of Argentines outside Argentina,” Dominguez told the Times. “It is the 10th safest city in the world. Its airport has the most connections with Latin America in the world. And it has a great tradition of football.”

Other sites considered were Miami, Asuncion and Doha. Genoa and Medellin also expressed interest in hosting the match.
1 comment about "River Plate and Boca Juniors will play Copa Libertadores final in Madrid".
  1. R2 Dad, November 30, 2018 at 11:07 a.m.

    Wouldn't have Azteca been more reasonable than Europe?

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