Rio and Boca collide in Madrid to decide the Monarch of the Copa Libertadores


Four weeks after the first step and half a month later than planned, River Plate and Boca Juniors will decide this Sunday on the lawn of the stadium "Santiago Bernabeu, who is the king of South America, who wins the Copa Libertadores more controversial and perhaps also the most popular in history.

A deluge, an attack on the Boca's bus, successive postponements, and finally the surprising decision to transfer the definition of the title to Madrid framed a game that, far from its result, will be unforgettable.

Because what began as the "end of the century"by the confrontation between the two great Argentines, was adrift to "the longest final in the world", paraphrasing the story of Oswaldo Soriano was "the Conquerors' Cup", when he moved to Madrid, or "the end of shame", by the decision to withdraw him from the continent by Conmebol.

No one remained indifferent to this final that promised strong emotions and surpassed all expectations. From the presidents of the government to the artists, to the highest instances of football, former players or coaches, everyone expressed their opinion.

And with so much noise, far is the first stage, which brought a great football show that left everything open to resolve after a 2-2 in La Bombonera.

River was more time and took the initiative, but Boca demonstrated a huge offensive power which allowed him to advance twice.

Now Marcelo Gallardo, Coach of the River Plate, hopes to take advantage of the exalted state of mind of his own, who feel hurt. "They have damaged our spirit, but that will strengthen us," he said after the last match of the Argentine League.

The "Muñeco" recovers in relation to the Leo Ponzio, a safe value in the center of the field. However, he will not be able to align the Colombian Rafael Santos Borré and was practically discarded Ignacio Scoco, after suffering a tear in the right calf.

River knows his trick will be played in the center of the field. There he accumulates the talent of Exequiel Palacios, who passes in an examination in which he may be his stadium soon, and the arrival in the rival area of Gonzalo "Pity" Martínez, who seems to live his last moments in the club, before emigrating to the American football.

As shown in the training, the question is whether he will play with five on the bottom, which would give options for Martinez Wednesday, or with four, with what could enter Ignacio Fernández in the line of pamphlets.

Thus, the most likely number of millionaires is drawn with Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Martinez Quarta (Ignacio Fernández), Jonatan Maidana, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Exequiel Palacios, Leonardo Ponzio, Enzo Perez, Gonzalo Martínez; Lucas Pratto.

The attack on the Mouth, meanwhile, does not seem a problem. The postponement of the final Served to recover Cristian Pavóninjured in the first match and coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto has enough variation to surprise the opponent.

With the Colombian Wanchope Abila in a state of grace (14 goals) Darío Benedetto It has become the surprise factor since the semifinals (4 goals). The "Twin" can use Sebastian Villa and Pavón, to pull the experience of Carlos Tevez and the opportunism of Benedetto or even of Edwin Cardona, who stood out on Sunday against the Independiente.

In the stellar eleven of the xeneizes appear Esteban Andrada; Julio Alberto Buffarini, Carlos Izquierdoz, Lisandro Magalhães, Lucas Olaza; Nahitan Nandez, Wilmar Barrios, Pablo Pérez; Sebastian Villa (Carlos Tevez), Cristian Pavón (Benedetto); Wanchope Ábila.

The "Red" will arrive precisely at Boca with 7 titles if he wins, while for River he will be the fourth in case of victory.

But in a declared high-risk meeting with 4,000 security officers and a Bernabéu with 80,000 people, Rio and Boca, Argentina and, all of South America, play more than one title in a final with a stretch. and definition by penalties in case of a tie. At stake is the credibility of football and the possibility of changing the image that was damaged on the way to the Monumental.

All the action of this historic festival, scheduled for the 16:30 (19:30 GMT) you can follow it through Virtual Marker of


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