- First Libertadores final to feature the Argentinian Superclásico
- A historic rivalry that has produced some memorable clashes in this competition
- First leg on Saturday 10th, return fixture on 24th
As you would expect, these are very nervy days in Argentina: fans trying to recall what the lucky charm or routine was that brought them joy last time; WhatsApp groups pinging non-stop with tactical suggestions, shared dreams and worst fears; supporters checking with their cardiologists that they will be able to cope; even those unsure if they should postpone weddings planned months ago that are scheduled to coincide with the game…
The mother of all finals, this is the showdown longed for by the neutrals but secretly feared by many fans of the respective clubs. Boca Juniors and River Plate are finally about to cross swords in the final of the Copa Libertadores de America. Awaiting the winners is something always highly prized in South America, the chance to test themselves against the best sides from around the globe at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018.
Since its first official staging in 1913, the Argentinian Superclásico has only twice decided a final: in 1976, when Boca prevailed 1-0 against their arch-rivals to claim the National Championship, and then in 2018 as River triumphed 2-0 to lift the Supercopa Argentina. In the Copa Libertadores, they’ve gone toe to toe in the group stages, last 16, quarter-finals and semis… but until now never in the final.
- Boca Juniors v River Plate
Saturday 10 November, Estadio La Bombonera, 17:00 (local time)
- River Plate v Boca Juniors
Saturday 24 November, Estadio Monumental, 17:00 (local time)