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Copa Libertadores final 2018 result: River Plate beat Boca Juniors in extra time after dramatic second leg

Callum Rice-Coates
Sunday 09 December 2018 12:08
Copa Libertadores final postponed after Boca bus attacked

River Plate beat Argentine rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra-time to win the Copa Libertadores on Sunday in a match that was finally played in Madrid after twice being postponed because of violence at the final's second leg in Buenos Aires.

River won 5-3 on aggregate.

Re-live all our coverage below.

Match preview

What time does it start?

River Plate vs Boca Juniors kicks off at 7:30pm (GMT)

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from 7:15pm. BT Sport subscribers will also be able to stream the game via the online video player and the BT Sport app.

Highlights will be shown at 10:30am on Monday on BT Sport 2.

Player to watch…

Dario Benedetto: The 28-year-old was Boca Juniors’ main threat in the first leg after coming off the bench and popped up with the goal in added at time at the end of the first half to put the hosts back ahead. The striker may have missed a golden opportunity to win the game in stoppage time, but he will hope to put that behind him at the Bernabeu having successfully come back from injury.

Form guide…

River Plate: WWLDLW

Boca Juniors : LDWDWW


River Plate to win: 31/20

Boca Juniors to win: 2/1

Draw: 7/4


Good evening and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's long awaited Copa Libertadores final second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Kick off is at 19:30, and we'll have all the team news shortly.

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 18:37

Here are the teams for tonight's game at the Bernabeu:

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 18:40

After two postponements, after the violence and drama in Buenos Aires, the Copa Libertadores will finally reach its conclusion tonight. For both clubs, it will take place thousands of miles away from home, on another continent.

Events off the pitch have, understandably, overshadowed the football, and that is likely to continue. But tonight, for 90 minutes at least, the focus will be on which of these Argentine giants lifts South America's most prestigious trophy.

It's level at 2-2 from the first leg. All to play for, then.

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 18:46

Carlos Tevez starts on the bench for Boca tonight, but expect him to be introduced at some point. And expect him to make an impact when he does. This game means a lot to the former Manchester United and Manchester City striker.

Here's some pre-match reading from Miguel Delaney on Tevez:

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 18:50

And here's Miguel Delaney on the events that led to this game being played in Madrid, not Buenos Aires:

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 18:57

The distance hasn't deterred the vociferous fans of both River and Boca. They're in Madrid in their numbers, as colourful and noisy as ever. 

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 19:00

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 19:05

There's a big security presence around the Bernabeu tonight. No chances are being taken. Thankfully, things have gone smoothly so far. Just under 15 minutes until kick off now, so we can safely assume that a third postponement isn't going to happen.

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 19:17

The players are out. The atmosphere is building. Just enough time for the rousing Argentine national anthem before kick off.

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 19:27

It seemed like it might never happen, but River Plate, finally, get things underway in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

Callum Rice-Coates9 December 2018 19:31

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