River Plate vs Boca Juniors Copa Libertadores final second-leg postponed again

Arnold Nichols
November 26, 2018

Boca had previously requested the game be postponed, saying: "Club Atletico Boca Juniors made a formal presentation to Conmebol on Sunday to request that the final of the Copa Libertadores be played in conditions of equality".

The game - the continent's equivalent of Europe's Champions League final - had already been put back from Saturday to Sunday after River fans threw stones, sticks and bottles at Boca's team bus.

"Yesterday afternoon, Boca Juniors requested to postpone the match due to the incidents and it was established as a priority that the game is played under fair conditions".

"This country is not ready for a Boca-River final", journalist Andres Burgo said before the first leg, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The conditions are not right for the final match.

The game was called off only after some fans had made their way into River Plate's stadium.

CONMEBOL has also confirmed a new date for the game will be decided at a meeting between the Boca and River presidents on Tuesday.

"Pablo Perez was in the hospital and they were forcing us to play", the former Manchester United man said.

Following Saturday's violent disruption, Perez received injuries to his arms and an eye, according to images of the Boca dressing room shared on social media. This is not football - it's not what we want. Lamardo had trouble breathing because of the gas.

South American football's governing body took the decision after Boca called earlier on Sunday for a postponement and demanded that River face punishment, suggesting a series of measures including forfeiting the match.

It was finely poised at 2-2 following the first leg two weeks ago at Boca's iconic Bombonera stadium. The match took place on November 11 and ended in a 2-2 draw ahead of the return at River's Monumental de Nunez Stadium.

After an initial delay on Sunday, with gates due to open at 1 p.m. local time, fans were allowed to enter the stadium ahead of the eagerly anticipated second leg before the decision to postpone it came.

Boca president Daniel Angelici and River counterpart Rodolfo D'Onofrio will meet with CONMEBOL to discuss a date for the third attempt at playing the match.

A question still very much in the air, so much so that it has even been weighed up that the final could be played in a city which is not Buenos Aires. "It's all excessive", said soccer great Diego Maradona, who captained Argentina to the 1986 World Cup and who is now a coach in Mexico.

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