Boca Juniors fans wave team off as they head for Copa Libertadores final

Fans Bid Farewell to Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors’ Copa Libertadores second leg tie against River Plate has undoubtedly been the most talked about match of late.

It’s always been a fiery encounter between the two sides but on this occasion, it was different.

First Leg

Visitors River Plate had to come from behind on two occasions to clinch a 2-2 draw, making it all to play for in the second leg.

Ramon Abila broke the dead-lock just past the half-hour mark for Boca Juniors but it was short-lived as Lucas Pratto equalised a minute later.

The hosts regained their advantage on the stroke of half-time through Dario Benedetto but a Carlos Izquierdoz own goal ensured the match ended level pegging.

Second Leg Carnage

The second leg, however, is yet to happen.

Rivalry boiled over with violence causing the initial game to be postponed.

The Boca Juniors team bus was attacked by opposition supporters and players suffered injuries in the process, not to mention the smoke bombs and fireworks.

The match was rescheduled for the next day but both sides agreed not to play.

It was then confirmed that Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium would host the rearranged game, to which River Plate opposed the decision, refusing to play.

Boca head for Madrid

As for Boca, they’re well on their way to the Spanish capital and their fans gave them a phenomenal farewell.

Supporters turned up in their numbers to wave off their heroes with fireworks and banners on display.

They will arrive in Madrid on Wednesday with a training session at Las Rozas base first on the agenda.

Now the final will be played away from Argentina, focus can hopefully return to action on the pitch instead of antics off it.

Obviously, it’s not ideal for either side to play the final in Spain but for the safety of the players, there’s no doubt, it’s the right move.

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