River Plate and Boca Juniors, the most powerful Clasico in the world

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Boca Juniors face River Plate in Copa Libertadores’ semi-final first leg on Tuesday, in hopes that the next summit will leave a positive impact in Argentina after less than a year on inappropriate scenes in the final of the last edition between the two historical rivals.

The 70,000 tickets were completely sold out at the Monument Stadium, the River Plate fortress, which in November of last year saw supporters attacking the Boca bus, breaking windows and spraying bombs, and some members of the team were transported to the hospital.

The attack sparked a decision by the Argentinian authorities to cancel the match after the police said they were not guaranteeing the safety of fans and players.

The match was finally played two weeks later in Madrid, where River won 3-1 against his rival, winning the Copa Libertadores for the fourth time in his history.

These events have tarnished Argentina’s reputation, so officials are taking precautionary measures to ensure that such an order does not reoccur with the expectation that there will be more police officers to secure the match in the Argentine capital.

The strength of two teams and the security measures

Nearly two-thirds of Argentinian football fans say they are encouraging Boca or River, illustrating the importance of this confrontation in the country.

Both clubs also take precautionary measures of their own, Boca uses an unbreakable window bus and will play the match without the presence of fans in the light of a decision to prevent visiting fans from supporting their team in an attempt to reduce violence between fans.

River Plate fans will be at least 150 meters away from the Boca bus on the way to the stadium.

The two teams met in the national league at the beginning of last month for the first time since the Madrid final, and the confrontation was not landlocked.


The hot story between the two teams
In addition to the events of the past year between fans of both teams, the two clubs met in the first leg of the final of the 2015 Libertadores Cup, Boca fans attacked the River Plate players with a spray at pepper, their club was eliminated from the competition and River Plate qualified for the next round.

Technical level

Regarding the level of the two clubs, it seems close, as Boca made changes to the team that reached the final of last year, with the departure of duo-forwards Christian Pavone and Dario Benedetto, defender Leandro Magayan and Guillermo Barros Skellotto.

The experienced forward Carlos Tevez continues with his team, along with captain Carlos Izquierdos, and they were joined by Italian midfielder Daniele de Rossi, who surprised the world by joining the Argentine giant from Rome.

Goalkeeper Esteban Andrada set a league record for weeks after keeping his clean for 1,129 consecutive minutes.

captain Ponzio Leonardo will miss his River Plate, as well as Juan Fernando Quintero, the offensive midfielder who scored a goal in the final last year, but coach Marcelo Gallardo, who still retains his post, hopes to win the title of Libertadores for the third time in five years.

Boca Juniors is at the helm of Argentina’s championship with eight games to go without defeat, while River Plate is four points behind in seventh place.

Source: Agencies

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