The eternal clash between River Plate and Boca Juniors will go ahead despite heavy rain in the area surrounding the stadium
Boca Juniors and River Plate’s Copa Libertadores final will not be called off, despite heavy storms in Buenos Aires, according to the supervisor in charge of the game.
Fernando Jaúregui insists that the first leg of the highly-anticipated Superclasico will be played as planned despite the prospect of electrical storms in the area.
A pitch inspection at La Bombonera has already been undertaken, and Jaúregui insists there is unlikely to be a delay in the game being played.
“Don’t worry, the pitch is in good condition. It will be a bit heavy but it will be fine. Nothing is going to be called off,” he told reporters.
Conmebol director of communications Fred Nantes struck a more careful note in his statement to the press, however, though he believes that the stadium’s drainage will do its job.
“We’ll know that around 11:30 or 12:00 (CET 15:30.16:00) the rain is expected to ease off.
“The drainage system around the pitch is working perfectly.”
The famous Superclasico is being played for the highest stakes in its history.
River and Boca will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club competition, for the first time, in a two-legged decider that has paralysed an entire country even before a single ball has been kicked.
Article continues below
Boca downed Brazil’s Palmeiras 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-final to book their place in the final, while River overcame holders Gremio on away goals in a thrilling if controversial clash.
River coach Marcelo Gallardo is banned from attending the first leg in the Bombonera after defying his touchline ban in the last game in Porto Alegre, a move that prompted the beaten side to make an unsuccessful request that the Millonarios be eliminated from the competition.
Supporters can watch the game, if it does go ahead, live on Goal in the United Kingdom.