Friday , March 31 2023

Boca-River, for Libertadores, this Sunday


An inspection of Conmebol's observers has determined that the field of play is in condition of finishing the continental contest. This was reported by the Twitter entity account.

Conmebole was forced to suspend the game on Saturday after 124 millimeters of water fell during the day, more than expected for the whole of November, flooded the lawn of La Bombonera courtyard, the Boca mythical stadium where the end of the historic finale is challenged.

"Of course the playing field is wet, but it is in full play, we can have rain, but the drain responds," said Conmebol director of Fred Nantes for Fox Sports.

Start again:

Suspension of the Saturday game was decided less than two hours from the scheduled time for the match and when thousands of fans "xeneizes" and began to fill 53,000 seats in the stadium under the heavy rain.

After retiring and resigning, this Sunday will return to Bombonera, which will open its doors four hours before the initial whistle and where visitors can not go for security reasons.

Everything returns to prepare for the "dream game" as defined by the former Argentine coach and coach of Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa, after a delay that has extended the suspense of the final, which will have the rematch and definition at the Monumental River Stadium on Nov. 24.

"We have to stay focused," said striker Carlos Tevez, who returned on Saturday with the blue and gold team.

As for purely sportsman, Boca de Guillermo Barros Schelotto displays the temperament of midfielder Pablo Pérez, the technical quality of Colombian Wilmar Barrios and the goals of Ramón "Wanchope" Ábila, Darío Benedetto and Cristian Pavón.

DT Marcelo Gallardo's rival power is based on Jonathan Maidana's and Javier Pinola's defensive strength, Gonzalo's talent "Pity" Martinez or Exequiel Palacios, as well as Colombian goals Rafael Santos Borré or Lucas Pratto.

Boca adds six Libertadores and seeks the seventh crown to be equal to Argentinean Independiente and as the top winners of continental contest titles, while the river accumulates three. In history, the Auriazuli have led with 10 games won in the field.

Only twice the two archives in Buenos Aires played final tournaments for official tournaments. In 1976, Boca beat River, the national championship with 1-0, and this year the River beat its historic rival 2-0 and won the Super Cup.

It should be remembered that this will be the final round of Copa Libertadores, as the regulations will change from the next edition and Santiago de Chile will host a single defining party in 2019.

Raúl Gabriel Campos Castiblanco –

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