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Boca Juniors boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto says violence has overshadowed Copa Libertadores

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Shannon Reynolds | 10 December, 2018, 03:12

Boca Juniors are scheduled to play River Plate in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 9.

One of the most anticipated matches in South American soccer finally came to a conclusion, almost a month after the first leg was played in Argentina.

Almost 4,000 police and private security guards will be deployed in Madrid for the "high-risk" Copa Libertadores final between Argentine rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate, the government said Friday.

It led to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) opting to move the second leg 6,000 miles away to the Spanish capital after the first leg at Boca's La Bombonera ended 2-2.

Boca's latest attempt to be declared champion without playing on Sunday failed when the Court of Arbitration for Sport denied its request to suspend the second leg. Boca appealed to CAS on Friday after South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL ruled against disqualifying River from the tournament because of what happened in Buenos Aires.

It has been confirmed that LaLiga giants Real Madrid will engage in talks over a deal for an Argentina worldwide, who was also linked with FC Barcelona. Some have travelled, including Agustin Giacone, one Boca supporter who arrived in Madrid on Wednesday.

Boca is seeking its seventh Copa Libertadores title, which would tie Argentina's Independiente as the competition's most successful club.

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The Copa final was postponed twice after the bus attack: at first, immediately following the incident and later in order to allow players more time to recover.

"Both teams have agreed to talk after the final, it will be discussed in Madrid".

The game was postponed in part due to injuries suffered by the Boca players, with some suffering cuts from broken windows, and Tevez was himself pictured struggling to breathe after exposure to tear gas. Boca know that they will have to score at least once to have any chance of winning the trophy but that is often helpful for teams in that position as they know what they have to do.

Inside the stadium, a vacant block of seats will act as a buffer between the two sets of supporters. They endured a lot to come here from all different parts of the world. Nahitan Nandez's superb pass split two River defenders and Benedetto kept a cool head, guiding into the corner, before taunting the beaten Gonzalo Montiel.

"There are more teams interested, but Real Madrid have the advantage". He appeared to taunt a River player as he ran to celebrate with his teammates.

The victor of the Copa Libertadores will claim the last remaining place at the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE later this month.

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