The most anticipated day in the history of South American football between clubs has arrived. River Plate and Boca Juniors decide the title of the 2018 Copa Libertadores in Monumental of Núñez, starting at 2 pm in Mexico this Saturday.
In the first leg, two weeks ago, there was a 2-2 draw. Since the goal away from home is not of greater weight, a new equality leads to confrontation by extension and, if necessary, criminal.
For the first time, two Argentine teams make the final of an edition of the tournament. Also for the first time, two clubs from the same city decide who gets the cup.
ESPN Present below the topics you need to know before the ball begins to roll.
Marcelo Gallardo surprised Boca in a 2-0 win for the Argentine Supercopa in March, when he used Pity Martinez (a goal and assisting player) as a hook & # 39; – the function of the shirt 10. In the first leg of the Libertadores final, he changed again strategically when climbing a line with five defenders, which did not represent a carpenter's game, quite the opposite. Is there a new surprise for the coach?
It is true that he will not line up the attackers Rafael Santos Borré, who took a yellow card at Bombonera and will have to comply with the suspension, and Ignacio Scocco, recovering from concussion.
Of the names that played the first stage, Armani, Montiel, Maidana, Pinola, Casco, Palacios, Piedad Martínez and Pratto should start the game, as well as captain Leo Ponzio, recovered from injury. The other two places are open. The Argentine newspaper Olé, puts Enzo Pérez (Ponzio substitute of the way) and Ignacio Fernández in the probable formation. The formation would be a 4-1-4-1: Armani; Montiel, Pinola, Maidana and Casco; Ponzio; Fernández, Pérez, Palacios and Martínez; Pratto
It is important to remember that Gallardo is suspended and can not stay in the bank. His role at the edge of the lawn will be represented by assistant Matías Biscay.
On the other side there are also doubts. Mainly because Cristian Pavón was injured in the confrontation and can not play. Candidates are not lacking to replace him: Tévez, Benedetto, Zarate and Almond.
Goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, who broke his jaw in the race with Dede in a game against Cruzeiro, returned last weekend with a great performance for the Argentine Championship, and should win the position of Agustín Rossi, despite the fact that he shined in the first part of the final. The controversial Jara was also in doubt if he continued on the right side, but the tendency is to win the dispute with Buffarini.
El Boca will likely go to the field with a 4-3-3, just like in the first match: Andrada; Jara, Izquierdoz, Magallán and Olaza; Barrios, Nández and Pérez; Villa, Ábila and Tévez (Benedetto, Zárate, Almond)
While River Plate stayed in a hotel that is about 57 km from Monumental de Núñez in search of isolation since Thursday, Boca had an incredible party the same day. The team's open training filled Bombonera, with fans waiting for hours in line to see the activities. Many have not been able to find a place. It is true that the training was not revealing to say that the coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto committed his mystery about who goes to the field. It is simply the last direct contact of the amateur with the athletes, something even more important considering the fact that there will be only River fans at Monumental.
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– River Plate (@CARPoficial) November 24, 2018
It is not just the players and coaches who work harder to win. Off the field, public safety moves to prevent the classic from being tainted by scenes of violence, both inside and outside the stadium. In an interview with ESPN Brasil, the undersecretary of public security of Buenos Aires, Juan Pablo Sassano, talked about the strategy to be carried out, which has, for example, a double control and the magazine on arrival at the place. stadium clues and isolation.
The stadium and its surroundings will have nine ambulances that function as mobile intensive care units, 24 health posts with 35 doctors, 17 nurses and 45 stretchers. According to the newspaper Clarín, there are still 16 automatic external defibrillators.
The weight of the title for each side
Finally, in addition to the title and the right to waste the victory against the adversary in such a duel, the Libertadores final will be a tie between the two teams in the decisions. In the first of them, in the Argentinean championship of 1976, the Boca won by 1 to 0, with a goal of Rubén Suñé. The second final was the supreme Supercopa of Argentina this year, with the victory by 2 to 0 of the River – Martinez and Scocco scored.
In the Libertadores account, Boca has the opportunity to match the Independiente as the biggest winner of the tournament with seven cups. The Shiites have not kept the trophy since 2007. Ya River, who won the competition for the last time in 2015, is looking for his fourth title, which would leave him with Estudiantes. In front, only the Peñarol, with five, besides Boca and Independiente.