River vs Boca: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Copa Libertadores final preview

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South America's best team will be confirmed at El Monumental on Saturday as Buenos Aires' Superclasico rivals go head-to-head

UPDATE: The Copa Libertadores final has been postponed until a later date following an incident in which Boca Juniors' team bus was attacked by River Plate fans on Saturday. Read the full story here.

Boca Juniors and River Plate are set to lock horns in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores finals at El Monumental on Sunday.

The game had originally been scheduled for Saturday, but a ferocious attack on the Boca bus forced officials to postpone the decider and they have rescheduled.

The tie itself is locked level after the Superclasico rivals played out a tempestuous 2-2 draw at La Bombonera  in the first leg, meaning the game was already primed to be a tense affair.

Boca are chasing their seventh Copa Libertadores title, while River will pick up their fourth crown if they can overcome their eternal rivals.

Game River Plate vs Boca Juniors
Date Sunday, November 25
Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed live on Goal and it can be watched live on TV on FreeSports or BT Sport 2.

UK TV channel Online stream
FreeSports / BT Sport 2 Goal

In the United States (US), the game will be available to watch on FOX Deportes (Spanish) and it can be streamed live using the Fox Soccer Match Pass (English).

US TV channel Online stream
FOX Deportes Fox Soccer Match Pass

Squads & Team News


Position River squad
Goalkeepers Armani, Lux, Centurion
Defenders Maidana, Moreira, Lollo, Casco, Pinola, Montiel, Sibile, Gallardo, Aguirre, H. Martinez
Midfielders Zuculini, Quintero, G. Martinez, De La Cruz, Sosa, Palacios, Mayada, Ferrera, Ponzio, Perez, Fernandez, L. Martinez
Forwards Mora, Alvarez, Borre, Pratto, Beltran, Rollheiser

River will be without Rafael Santos Borre, who is suspended, while Ignacio Scocco is set to miss out through injury. Veteran midfielder Leondardo Ponzio is available once more after overcoming an injury.

Potential River XI: Armani; Montiel, Maidana, Pinola, Casco; Palacios, Perez, G. Martinez, Ponzio, Quintero; Pratto.

Position Boca squad
Goalkeepers Andrada, Lampe, Rossi
Defenders Goltz, Mas, Magallan, Izquierdoz, Buffarini, Olaza
Midfielders Gago, Perez, Nandez, Barrios, Jara, Almendra, Cardona, Reynoso
Forwards Zarate, Tevez, Pavon, Benedetto, Abila, Villa, Espinoza

Guillermo Barros Schelotto announced a 24-man squad for the second leg, but a number of players are now serious concerns after sustaining injuries and trauma during the bus attack. 

Pablo Perez and Gonzalo Lamardo were taken to hospital, with the former treated for shards of glass in the eye, while the latter sustained cuts to his head. Other players were visibly ill and it remains to be seen who will be fit to play.

Potential Boca XI: Andrada; Jara, Izquierdoz, Magallan, Olaza; Nandez, Barrios, Gago; Villa, Abila, Tevez.


Betting & Match Odds


Home advantage in the second leg means that River are considered favourites by bet365 to win, with odds of 11/10. Boca's chances of victory have taken a dip after Saturday's attack and they are priced 10/3 to win. A draw is a 19/10 bet.

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Match Preview


Carlos Tevez Boca Juniors

Boca entered a cauldron of antipathy on Saturday when their bus was destroyed on the way to  El Monumental and they now face the unenviable task of playing River just a day after the violent events.

Both clubs agreed that no away fans would be permitted to attend either game of the finals, but the precautionary measure did not prevent the scenes which marred the build-up to the second leg.

CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez described it as "a sad day for South American football" and Azul y Oro legend Juan Roman Riquelme has suggested that Saturday's attack renders the outcome of the game meaningless and argued that neither team should be expected to play.

Nevertheless, while things would now appear to be stacked firmly against Boca they are set to contest the second leg nonetheless.

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Though it is in operation in the rest of the tournament, the away goals rule will not apply in the final, so if the game finishes in a draw it will go straight to penalties.

For more information on the Copa Libertadores please visit:

http://www.copalibertadores.com/
http://www.copalibertadores.com/en/
http://www.copalibertadores.com/es/
http://www.copalibertadores.com/pt-br/

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