The historic 2018 Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, Argentina’s century-old arch-enemies, was marred by incidents that forced the game to be postponed. The bus carrying the Auriazul squad to the Monumental Stadium in the Núñez neighbourhood of northern Buenos Aires was attacked with stones, sticks and pepper spray by hundreds of River fans waiting on a bend in a street near the stage.
According to the television images of several sports channels, the vehicle entered the stadium with several broken side windows and the players, once they got off, were coughing and with teary eyes due to the effect of the gases. Oscar Moscariello, vice president of Boca, said that “we have injured players, we are not fit to play. Boca’s position is that the match cannot be played. The displacement of the automobile was done with a strong police custody from the exclusive sector of Puerto Madero, in the center of Buenos Aires, to the Monumental.