Rescheduled Copa Libertadores final to be played in Madrid

The twice-postponed second leg of this year’s Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will now be played at Real Madrid’s Bernabéu stadium on December 9, with a 7.30pm GMT kick-off.

There was speculation that the game would be staged in Qatar or Miami – among other mooted venues – but Conmebol, the South American federation, confirmed the game will be held in the Spanish capital after moving the fixture out of Argentina following fan violence at the weekend.

The game will be played in front of fans from both teams while the winner will participate in the Club World Cup in Doha the following week. The first leg was a 2-2 draw.

“It is great news that we have received the confidence to welcome the celebration of this historic match and we will make all the efforts that are within our reach to be able to offer both Conmebol and a beloved country such as Argentina optimal conditions to enjoy one of the best matches in the world,” said the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales. “Spain will put all its experience in events of this kind at the service of the final of the most prestigious club tournament in America.”

A chance remains that the game will not take place after Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici said his club would not play in the final and will instead pursue legal action in order to be awarded victory.

US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro reportedly blocked any possibility of the game being held in Miami. It is unclear why but LaLiga’s attempts to stage a league game on US soil could have been a factor.

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