Boca Juniors tear-gassed after bus windows broken

Boca Juniors tear-gassed after bus windows broken

While it was always expected that the second-leg of tonight's Copa Libertadores final would be a fiery affair, River vs Boca has been postponed following the attack of the former team's bus on arrival at the stadium.

He said: "We are not in condition to play".

River fans threw stones and wood at the Boca team bus near River's Monumental de Nunez Stadium as it made its way to the stadium, breaking several windows.

Reports on Sunday morning [AEDT] indicated that while South American soccer's governing body (CONMEBOL) had wanted the match to go ahead with a delayed kick-off time, River Plate and Boca Juniors came to a "gentlemen's agreement" not to play on the night.

Common sense eventually prevailed and Boca's beleaguered players were spared the effort of recovering from tear gas poisoning to play in what has been described as the greatest show on earth after the third attempt to put the match back.

The rivalry is one of the biggest in football - with both sides originating from the La Boca neighbourhood before River relocated to a different district of Buenos Aires.

The match was postponed until 5:00pm Sunday local time (7:00am Monday AEDT).

Boca and River drew the first leg 2-2 on November 11, a game that was delayed 24 hours itself because of a waterlogged pitch at Boca's stadium.

Boca's captain was left with glass in his eye after the bus attack.

Carlos Tevez was severely affected by the tear gas before the game.

As the Boca Juniors team bus arrived, the windows were smashed by River Plate fans throwing objects.

Meanwhile, 66,000 River Plate fans were in the stadium waiting for a match that has been one of the most anticipated in Argentine football history.

CONMEBOL made a decision to delay kick-off by an hour, despite several Boca players being in an unfit state to play the game, but eventually postponed the game until Sunday. Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino reportedly even told Boca they would be disqualified if they refused to play.

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