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
The availability of flights between Buenos Aires and Madrid and the Spanish capital's large Argentine community made Madrid an attractive venue.
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.”
considered were Miami, Asuncion and Doha. Genoa and Medellin also expressed interest in hosting the match.