Tuesday 17 September 2019

Copa Libertadores thrown into chaos as Boca bus is attacked

River Plate fans pictured inside the Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium, Buenos Aires, prior to the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final being postponed. Photo: REUTERS/Martin Acosta
River Plate fans pictured inside the Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium, Buenos Aires, prior to the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final being postponed. Photo: REUTERS/Martin Acosta

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Conmebol will meet tomorrow with the chairmen of River Plate and Boca Juniors to decide when the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores will take place.

The match was called off for the second time in 24 hours when it became clear that Boca players were not in a sufficient condition to play and guarantee "sporting integrity" after the attack on their bus en route to the Monumental stadium on Saturday.

Federation president Alejandro Dominguez had initially ratified a decision for the game to go ahead, only for Boca to make a presentation arguing the game should be played under "equal conditions".

Captain Pablo Perez had suffered an eye injury in the attack, but Dominguez later said another "four or five" players were injured, meaning they simply could not guarantee those equal conditions or the spectacle "everyone had come to see".

The possible restaging of the final has been complicated by the fact the G20 meet in Buenos Aires on Thursday, not to mention the clubs' domestic fixtures, but it does need to be played before any South American champion travels to UAE for the Fifa Club World Cup on December 10.

Elsewhere, PSG geared up for their midweek showdown with Liverpool by winning their 14th consecutive game in Ligue 1, despite the absence of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

An early Edinson Cavani goal was all the Parisians needed to see off mid-table Toulouse ahead of Wednesday night's clash, where both attackers are expected to return.

Napoli, also challengers in Group C, lost ground on Serie A leaders Juventus as they were held to a scoreless draw by Chievo Verona.

On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic had fired Juventus to a 2-0 victory over SPAL, stretching their lead to eight points.

Sevilla are the table-toppers in Spain after a weekend in which all other title contenders dropped points.

A Boca Juniors bus is attacked by opposition fans in Buenos Aires, Argentina in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. JUAN LENTINO/via REUTERS
A Boca Juniors bus is attacked by opposition fans in Buenos Aires, Argentina in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. JUAN LENTINO/via REUTERS

The leaders' 1-0 home win over Real Valladolid was preceded by the 1-1 draw between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Most shocking of all was Real Madrid's 3-0 loss to Eibar.

Dodi Lukebakio was the talk of the Bundesliga as his hat-trick claimed a point for Eintracht Frankfurt against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena, leaving the hosts nine adrift of Borussia Dortmund.

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