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River Plate hold slight edge over Boca Juniors after dramatic Libertadores first leg

Gab Marcotti breaks down the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, a 2-2 thriller between eternal rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.

Jorge Valdano, a World Cup winner in 1986 and former Real Madrid manager, is one of the wisest voices that Argentine football has produced. In the build-up to the Copa Libertadores final first leg between Boca Juniors and River Plate, he predicted that the atmosphere in Boca's Bombonera stadium would be of "indefinable tension, like there is in the air a minute before a hurricane."

In the event it was not a hurricane, but a deluge of rain that pushed kickoff back by 23 hours. The delay served to...

Boca Juniors, River Plate share thrilling draw in Copa Libertadores final first leg at Bombonera

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Gab Marcotti breaks down the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, a 2-2 thriller between eternal rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.

Boca Juniors and River Plate played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores final that took place a day later than scheduled due to heavy rain in Argentina.

The first Libertadores final between Argentina's two biggest clubs was an end-to-end affair worthy of the occasion.

Boca went ahead after 34 minutes when Ramon Abila followed up his own blocked drive with a ferocious shot that keeper Franco Armani got a hand to but could not stop.

Their lead lasted less...

Rain postpones first leg of Copa Libertadores between Boca Juniors, River Plate

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains what a Superclasico in the Copa Libertadores final means to the players and supporters alike.

The first leg of the Copa Liberatadores between Argentina rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate has been postponed due to heavy rains in Buenos Aires, CONMEBOL announced on Saturday.

Officials said the match will now take place on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. GMT (2:00 p.m. ET).

Images at Boca's Bombonera stadium showed pools of standing water all around the pitch. The decision was made hours after CONMEBOL and stadium officials had initially assured the match would go on. 

The final pits...

Baby named River Plate ahead of Copa Libertadores showdown with Boca Juniors

River Plate take on Boca Junios in the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday and one Argentinian couple have marked the monumental showdown in a rather unique way -- naming their new-born after one of the finalists.

River Plate was welcomed into the world ahead of the big kickoff against Boca Juniors and River's father Nahuel Eduardo Bejarano said: "I asked my wife if she would give me the possibility to call him River and as her surname is Plate, everything would match. She said yes and that...