Spanish police detain high-risk River fan at Madrid airport

Boca Juniors supporters gather outside the team hotel in Madrid Saturday Dec. 8 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played on Dec. 9 in Madrid Spain at Real Madrid's stadium. (AP

Boca Juniors supporters gather outside the team hotel in Madrid Saturday Dec. 8 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played on Dec. 9 in Madrid Spain at Real Madrid's stadium. (AP

After some uncertainty as to whether or not the game would be played at all, it was eventually announced it would be played at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium - the first time the final had ever been played outside of South America.

"Palacios is hurt that he can not play the Copa final in El Monumental, a dream for him as a River Plate fan", Corsi was quoted saying by Diario AS.

Boca and River drew the first leg 2-2 on November 11 but the second leg at River's Monumental stadium was postponed after Boca players were hurt when their coach was attacked by River fans as it approached the ground.

"It is a bit weird to play here but it is important for us to focus on how the game will be in Madrid", said Tevez.

"I think it is embarrassing for the people, not so much for the players".

Some of Boca's team were injured in the attack on the bus, cut by broken glass after its windows were broken.

Exequiel Palacios has been standout performer for River Plate this season, helping the club reach the Copa Libertadores final. They were also affected by some of the tear gas used by police to disperse the crowds.

After the 2-2 draw in the first-leg at the La Bombonera almost a month ago, Argentinian football appeared poised for a new dawn, as a historical spectacle was set for the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in the capital, Buenos Aires.

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