Boca Juniors vs River Plate suspended as violent storm batters stadium with players sent back to hotel

Boca Juniors vs River Plate suspended as violent storm batters stadium with players sent back to hotel

November 10, 2018 0 By Today news

BOCA JUNIORS’ Copa Libertadores clash against River Plate has been postponed due to the violent storm lashing the stadium.

The game will now be played tomorrow [Sunday], but obviously depending on a drastic improvement in the weather.

It doesn't look good for the Copa Libertadores final to take place between Boca and River Plate with the rain lashing down
The Copa Libertadores final to take place between Boca and River Plate has been suspended until tomorrow [Sunday]
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There will be no action tonight in the Copa Libertadores final at La Bombonera
There will be no action tonight in the Copa Libertadores final at La Bombonera
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The confederation originally decided to give it two hours to improve - but saw sense and moved the game
The confederation originally decided to give it two hours to improve – but saw sense and moved the game
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The players of both teams were forced to return to their respective team hotels, with many areas of the stadium completely flooded.

The tournament organisers originally chose to give a two-hour window to see if things improve.

But conditions were only getting more severe, and the game was moved to tomorrow.

The game is scheduled to be the most explosive final in its history.

FDan were still turning out in their droves - but will have been left disappointed at what has happened
Fans were still turning out in their droves – but will have been left disappointed at what has happened
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There were several areas of the stadium completely flooded today in Beunos Aires
There were several areas of the stadium completely flooded today in Beunos Aires
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The two great Argentinian rivals will face each other for the first time in the South American showpiece.

The second leg will be River’s Monumental de Nunez on November 24.


The game would have been a feisty one anyway - the pitch conditions would simply have made it dangerous
The game would have been a feisty one anyway – the pitch conditions would simply have made it dangerous
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Fans will now have to queue up tomorrow, probably again in the rain, to see their heroes play
Fans will now have to queue up tomorrow, probably again in the rain, to see their heroes play
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And SunSport reported previously how things went when the two teams previously met in the competition.

The game did not get as far as the final whistle.

A Boca fan managed to slice his way through the inflatable tunnel that is supposed to protect the players and threw pepper gas at the River team as they came out for the second half.

The match was abandoned and Boca were kicked out of the competition. And that was a mere second round clash.

South America’s most important club trophy, a place in the Club World Cup and at least half a century of bragging rights are at stake over the course of two matches in which the players are going to be under insane pressure.