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River Plate clashes with Boca Juniors in Copa Libertadores derby tonight

Sunday 09/December/2018 - 11:46 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Mohamed Emad

The Copa Libertadores will draw to a rather sad end on Sunday، with the second leg of the final between Boca Juniors and River Plate to take place at the Bernabeu in Madrid، according to Goal news website.

Attempts to play the fixture at River’s home ground of El Monumental were postponed a fortnight ago، initially for a day، following an attack on the Boca bus as it travelled to the game، leaving players suffering from cuts and the effects of tear gas.

However، with the visiting players still ailing physical and psychologically from that experience، it was ultimately pushed back by CONMEBOL and shifted to a neutral ground in Europe، much to the frustration of both clubs.
The clash kicks off at 9:30 pm (Cairo local time).

In the United States (US)، the game can be watched on Telemundo and streamed online at Telemundo Deportes En Vivo.

River Plate will be without forward Rafael Borre after he picked up a third yellow card of the competition in the first leg، rendering him suspended for this encounter. Nicolas De La Cruz، meanwhile، is also sidelined.

Ignacio Scocco، Rodrigo Mora and Juan Quintero are all fighting to be fit.

Possible River Plate starting XI: Armani; Montiel، Pinola، Casco; Enzo، Ponzio، Palacios; Fernandez، Martinez; Pratto، Bore

Boca go into this clash without Frank Fabra، who is a long-term injury concern owing to serious knee ligament damage. Cristian Pavon، meanwhile، hopes to be ready after going off midway through the first half a week ago.

Goalkeeper Esteban Andrada is fit and expected to play after missing the first leg، while Lucas Olaza and Ramon Abila have shaken off knocks and are at 100%، according to coach Guillermo Schelotto.

Possible Boca Juniors starting XI: Andrada; Jara، Izquierdoz، Magallan، Olaza; Nandez، Barrios، P. Perez، Almendra; Benedetto، Abila

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