14th June 2024

Real Madrid to host all-Argentine Copa Libertadores final

The Copa Libertadores final second leg between Argentine arch rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on 9 December.

Originally scheduled for last weekend at River’s Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, it was postponed after some Boca players were injured when their team bus came under attack from fans of the home side throwing projectiles.

It means that both the Copa Libertadores and Champions League finals will be played in Madrid within six months of each other.

The final of Europe’s premier club competition will be played at the home of Real’s own city rivals Atletico Madrid, the Wanda Metropolitano, on 1 June.

Buenos Aires rivals Boca and River drew their first leg in early November at the iconic Bombonera arena 2-2.

Ever since South American football’s governing body Conmebol announced on Tuesday the second leg match would be played ‘outside Argentina’ the rumour mill had been set in motion with a host of potential venues suggested.

Santiago Bernabéu
Santiago Bernabéu stadium (Photo courtesy RealMadrid.com)

Those ranged from Genoa in Italy to Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, and even Qatar’s capital Doha.

But Madrid has won out, with Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeting that the country ‘is ready to organise the final’.

He said Spain has ‘ample experience in such events and is already working on the necessary deployment to guarantee the security of the event.’

Conmebol confirmed the decision on Thursday evening, despite Boca having petitioned the governing body’s disciplinary commission to be awarded the trophy and have River expelled over last weekend’s violence, in which some players suffered cuts from broken glass and the effects of smoke inhalation.

The clash between the two Buenos Aires clubs was due to be the last Libertadores final played over two legs. Earlier this year, Conmebol decided to adopt a single-match format from next season when the final will be in Santiago, Chile.



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