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10,000 kilometers from Buenos Aires and under unusual security measures, River Plate and Boca Juniors will play on Sunday at 16:30 in Madrid The outcome of the Copa Libertadores, A contest that should be "the end of the century" and end up being tightened by violence.
Far is the first game in Bombonera November 11, settled with a tight 2-2, And even the returns November 24 at the Monumental, when a group of river fans attacked Boca bus and the last was postponed.
With the river claiming that the best and the bouqua demanded the various disqualification of the firm, the conmebol turned to release from the continent the last two historic rivals born in the same area of Buenos Aires.
It will be remembered "As the tremendous shadow of Argentine soccer", The president of the River Plate, Rodolfo D'uno, astonished in an interview on Friday in the Spanish newspaper La Pais.
On the other hand, Boca went to the Court of Arbitration of Sports (TAS) to suspend the game but his request was dismissed, According to a statement on Saturday of the body, which will learn the case later.
"The Conquerors Cup"
The stage of the last Will be the emblematic Santiago Santiago Bernabéu stadium of Real Madrid, Which will host millions and xenozes fans from all over the world in its 81,000 seats.
Spain has the largest colony of Argentines abroad and has good air connectivity with Latin America, but it is also the Country of which the "Libertadores" gave their name to the competition.
"Now it is the Copa Conquistadores de America", Regretted the AFP Robbie Kozzy, a Xenize fan of Barcelona who, however, will move to Madrid for the match.
Like him, tens of thousands of Argentines will go to the Spanish capital to witness the meeting. The 40,000 tickets offered to Argentines abroad have a strong demand.
In contrast, of the 10,000 tickets reserved for fans in the country, there are still more than 4,000 to sell on Friday before the high costs of the trip – more than 2.000 euros only on the flight – unacceptable to many in the face of the civil Economic situation in Argentina.
The security device will be exempt: More than 4,000 police officers and private security agents, A display higher than that of the final of the 2010 Champions League at the Santiago Bernabé.
In theory, these two fans should not cross: they are enabled Two "fan-zones" separated by 2 kilometers north and south of the stadium, Will be located in opposing stands and will have different areas to celebrate the title.
Special attention will be paid to the "brave bars": The authorities expect the arrival of between 400 and 500 special violent fans. Some will be immediately deported as happened on Thursday with a follower of Boca.
With all its risk, the contest will be an opportunity for Spain to revert to the 2030 World Cup for which it wants a joint Candidate with Portugal and Morocco that would compete with Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
"Let's party in peace", headlined on Saturday, the main Spanish sports newspaper Marca, with a photograph of fans of Boca and River embraced.
The clubs of both clubs in Spain call for calm: "You do not have to kill anyone to wear a different shirt," said Martin Bargaglia, from the river plate of Barcelona subsidiary.
Mobilized for a party that they did not expect to enjoy, both try to take the breath of the Monumental and the Bomonera to the Santiago Bernabé, which is planned to be dyed white and red, yellow and blue.
"A locked party"
In an early stage of sesame and four weeks, the teams in Madrid since the middle of the week have to make an effort to focus on the match.
At stake is the South American scepter – What would be the Seventh for Boca, on the verge of equality as the most loyalty, or the fourth for River Plate- And participation in the Club World Cup of December 12-22 in the UAE Along with its current host, Real Madrid.
"It's a rare device to finish," acknowledged Stryker Carlos Tevez, flanked by the rival goalkeeper Franco Armani, who appointed "a strange virus" to play in Madrid.
The exciting match from the first leg leaves a result completely open, especially considering that the targets have no double value in the case of a draw and that the ground is neutral.
And with so much at stake, Guillermo Barros, Boca coach, has shown the fans: "I do not think it will be a very attractive game in the visual, (but) a very tight game, their fighters."