Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores

Boca Juniors fans and police outside the team hotel as the Boca Juniors team coach arrives

Boca meanwhile wanted River to be thrown of the competition, South America's equivalent of the Champions League, and made a late application to CAS after CONMEBOL had said no. River have won the Copa Libertadores more recently than their arch rivals - successful in 2015 - but they have only won it three times in total and will be desperate to close that gap as well.

CONMEBOL, South America's football federation, chose to rearrange the game, controversially moving it from Argentina to Spain amid fears of further fan violence.

Boca had Wilmar Barrios sent off early in extra time and Fernando Gago left the field near the end because of an injury. Away fans were banned from attending the first leg at Boca's Bombonera ground, which finished 2-2, and River would have enjoyed the same advantage at their El Monumental stadium.

The teams drew 2-2 in the first leg hosted by Boca Juniors last month.

For each club, the 20,000 tickets allocated to fans in Spain and elsewhere sold out within hours but some of the 5,000 for residents in Argentina remain available.

It will just be good to get back to matters on the field and finally get a victor in this game - a full four weeks since the first leg. River showed great resolve in that first match to come from behind twice and they are now in the driving seat. They will be positioned at opposite sides of the Bernabeu, behind each goal. He just can't have communication with the team or offer instructions.

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Martinez ran the ball into the empty net and River's substitutes and staff all poured onto the pitch to begin the celebrations. South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL eventually said the game couldn't be played in Argentina because of security concerns. "We need matches of this quality played in Argentina or South America to show that we have matured".

No major incidents between fans had been reported in the city, which was picked from several bidders in part because it has one of the largest Argentine populations outside of Argentina.

"It is important because it is still a final", added former Manchester City and Manchester United striker Tevez.

Both teams had initially refused to play in Spain's capital but as the losers, Boca's sense of grievance will now become more entrenched.

The victor of the Copa Libertadores will claim the last remaining place at the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE later this month.

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