River Plate confirm Madrid trip for Libertadores final
The River Plate team will leave for Spain today to play the second leg of the highly controversial Libertadores Cup final, the club announced. In a statement, the Argentinian club said the team would leave for Spain in a charter flight from Ezeiza airport. River Plate had earlier said it was opposed to moving Sunday’s match against fierce local rivals Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires to the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Coach Marcelo Gallardo had called it “absurd”, adding that his side had lost home advantage. River should have hosted the match at their own El Monumental stadium on November 24 but it was postponed after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus.