River Plate con­firm Madrid trip for Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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