CAS rejects Boca Juniors appeal to suspend Copa Libertadores final

Arnold Nichols
December 10, 2018

On Nov. 24, fans of River Plate attacked Boca's team bus with stones, shattering windows.

Boca filed their appeal to sport's highest court on Friday after the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) rejected their claim that River Plate should be disqualified from the continent's equivalent of Europe's Champions League.

The first leg was played earlier in November, the two sides drawing 2-2 in Boca's la Bombonera.

It will now be held at Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday (19:30 GMT).

A legal attempt by Boca Juniors to be awarded the Copa Libertadores title has failed.

It will just be good to get back to matters on the field and finally get a victor in this game - a full four weeks since the first leg. River showed great resolve in that first match to come from behind twice and they are now in the driving seat.

Fans of both clubs are beginning to arrive in Madrid amid calls for calm.


About 25,000 supporters from each club are expected at the Bernabeu, with many making the trip of more than 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) from Argentina.

The game was eventually rescheduled for Madrid to avoid further fan violence but River objected at losing their home advantage. "We couldn't win the Copa for them".

Boca star Carlos Tevez, whose career has taken him to clubs from Manchester City in England and Juventus, was equally unimpressed. Nahitan Nandez's superb pass split two River defenders and Benedetto kept a cool head, guiding into the corner, before taunting the beaten Gonzalo Montiel.

They must now atone for that by getting a result on Sunday and the fact it has been moved to a neutral venue may well not be a bad thing for Boca.

Spanish authorities said a 68-year-old fan had a heart attack while going to the match and was hospitalized in critical condition. "We need matches of this quality played in Argentina or South America to show that we have matured".

"The economic differences between Real Madrid and River are very large".

With the victory, River Plate will represent South America in FIFA's Club World Cup this month.

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