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Boca Juniors Given Warm Send-Off Ahead Of Copa Libertadores Final In Madrid

Tanuja Saikhom | 4 days ago

Fireworks, drums, color smokes, and well-wishing words were witnessed on Tuesday night on the streets of Buenos Aires as Boca Juniors departed the Argentine capital ahead of this weekend's Copa Libertadores final second leg in Madrid. 

Fans and supporters swarmed streets with blue and yellow flags to give their team an incredible send-off and escorted their bus on the way to the airport. 

The game was shifted to Spain after River Plate fans attack the Juniors bus with rocks and bottles on its way to Estadio Monumental. Several Juniors players, including Carlos Tavez were injured in the hideous attack.

Juniors will take on their bitter rivals River Plate in the final leg to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Copa Libertadores, organized by COMNEBOL, is one of the South American’s biggest showdowns in football. The game which was originally scheduled on 24 November has been rescheduled for December 9.

The first leg final was played on November 11 in Buenos Aires and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Argentine football was flooded with corruption and politics for years as the mafias in the region take their share from football competitions. In the recent time, police raided the house of a leader of the Barra Brava, a violent wing of River's hardcore support. The arrest and confiscation of black tickets resulted in the violent act.