Santiago Bernabeu 'to host delayed Copa Libertadores final'

Hope Soto
December 1, 2018

CONMEBOL have ordered that the next two home games River Plate have in a competition organised by the South American football association will be carried out behind closed doors.

Argentina's two biggest teams drew the first leg 2-2 at Boca's ground and were due to play the second match in South America's equivalent of the Champions League final at River's El Monumental stadium on Saturday.

CONMEBOL confirmed multiple reports from both Argentina and Spain, that it is moving the Copa Libertadores final between bitter Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate to Real Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and it will be played on Sunday, Dec. 9 with sets of fans from both clubs permitted to attend.

"He said the game shouldn't go ahead tomorrow & suggested that CONMEBOL want to give the trophy to River".

Away fans have been barred from stadiums in Argentina since 2013 due to football-related violence that has seen more than 300 people killed in the last 50 years, according to one charity.

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"I'm sure the message that the fans are going to send is what the world is waiting for: that the good guys are going to win this time".

Earlier today, it was announced the Copa Libertadores final would be played outside Argentina.

Meanwhile, Colombia's Junior Barranquilla will play Brazil's Atletico Paranaense in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

Several cities and stadiums had been vying to host the prestigious all-Argentine final clash, dubbed a "superclasico" and the most important club encounter in the country's history.

Spain's national statistics institute says there are 72,000 Argentines living legally in the European country. Even so, it took great lengths before CONMEBOL postponed the match, and it tried to stage it a day later, even opening El Montumental and letting some fans in before ultimately heeding Boca's protests. They had won the first leg 2-0.

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