Copa Libertadores final 2nd leg to be held at Real Madrid's Bernabeu

Dominguez had a message to the hooligans, known as barrabravas in Argentina, should they be thinking off attending the match.

The delayed second leg of the troubled final will be moved to Spain with a kick-off time of 7:30pm (GMT) on Sunday December 9, said CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez after discussions with FIFA, the Spanish Federation and Real Madrid.

The match was called off last Saturday when visiting Boca's bus was attacked while on its way to Argentine rival River's stadium, and several players were injured.

The Bernabeu final will kick off at 7.30pm United Kingdom time (8.30pm Spanish time).

But a day later, Boca refused to play again, insisting they would be disadvantaged, and the match was indefinitely postponed.

As the chaotic mess that is this season's Copa Libertadores final continues to unravel, we can at least say there has been some progress in developments.

It remains to be seen how the clubs take the news.

Thursday's decision to play the second leg in Madrid came after Conmebol's meeting in Asunción on Tuesday, with the South American confederation also confirming that River will be fined $400,000 and have El Monumental closed for two games.

"Spain is ready to organise the final of the Copa Libertadores between Boca Juniors and River Plate", tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Boca appealed to CONMEBOL's independent disciplinary committee to be awarded the trophy and have River expelled from the competition, but that was also rejected on Thursday.

The victor of the Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League, will represent CONMEBOL in the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates just days later. The G20 summit, which began in Buenos Aires on Friday, is going to have to go some ways to match the knot of complaints that have dominated the local media since November 24, when the original tie was supposed to take place.

  • Rosalie Stanley