Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Copa Libertadores final to be played in Spain

Copa Libertadores final to be played in Spain

The prime minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, tweeted: "Spain is ready to organise the final of the Copa Libertadores between Boca Juniors and River Plate".

It had been hoped the final of the South American equivalent of the Champions League, the first between Argentina's most famous clubs, could be completed on Sunday, but Boca asked for another postponement, as some of their players were still suffering from the after-effects of the tear gas.

"In Spain we find the necessary tranquility".

"I can't help but refer to the reasons this game has been brought here, that it has to be played an ocean away has broken a lot of hearts and it is a awful example for children".

Pablo Perez of Boca Juniors suffered a left eye injury after River Plate fans attacked the team's bus ahead of the Copa Libertadores final second leg in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

"The decision of the administration is that this game will be played with fans of both teams in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium", CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez said, adding that the game would be played at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET).

The fixture had been poised to be the biggest club match in the 127-year history of Argentine football, and the first leg ended 2-2.

As the chaotic mess that is this season's Copa Libertadores final continues to unravel, we can at least say there has been some progress in developments.

Playing at home on Thursday (Friday NZT), Junior beat their countrymen of Santa Fe 1-0 and qualified.

Striker Teo Gutierrez scored the only goal of the match at 23 minutes. Both will be absent in the first leg of the final.

"The main objective of Boca Juniors is still to comply with the Conmebol regulations, known by all the clubs that compete in the Copa Libertadores de América".

A Spanish referee will take charge of the match.

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