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River v Boca: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news, big-match preview and how to watch the Copa Libertadores final second-leg on BT Sport

River v Boca live stream and TV channel details, plus a match preview, team news, match odds and more ahead of the second leg of the first ever Copa Libertadores final between Argentina’s fiercest rivals.

River v Boca live stream and TV coverage will be provided across the BT Sport network as Argentina’s greatest rivalry is played out in the final of the Copa Libertadores for the first time ever.

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The unmissable second-leg clash in the showpiece event of South America's answer to the Champions League will be available on BT Sport 1 HD from 7.15pm on Sunday 9 December, after the first-leg finished 2-2.

The game was originally set to be played on Saturday 24th November but had to be postponed due to Boca's bus being attacked by River fans on the way to the ground, which saw a number of players sustain injuries.

The tie will now be played at Real Madrid's Bernabéu Stadium after FIFA ruled the fixture couldn't be played in Argentina.

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River v Boca: Match preview

The Copa Libertadores final 58 years in the making got underway at La Bombonera as South America’s eternal rivals played out a thrilling 2-2 draw live on BT Sport.

Almost a month later, the second-leg will finally take place after the return fixture, due to take place on November 24, was postponed moments before kick-off when the Boca team coach was attached by River fans.

For the first time in the competition’s history, River Plate and Boca Juniors had qualified for the two-legged final of South America’s answer to the Champions League, sparking pandemonium across Buenos Aires and all of Argentina.

And the first leg, delayed by a day due to a heavy downpour in the Argentine capital, lived up to the immense hype.

Boca twice took the lead to send their supporters into pandemonium but River twice pegged the home side back to silence the crowd and earn a draw.

The deafening roar of the home fans when first Ramon Abila and then Dario Benedetto scored contrasted by the deathly quiet of when River’s Lucas Pratto and a Carlos Izquierdoz own goal levelled both times.

The antagonism between the clubs led to the decision to ban away fans from both legs – unsurprisingly so, perhaps, given away supporters were only re-admitted to stadiums in the Argentinian league this season after a five-year blanket ban.

The powers that be would point to an incident in 2012 when River fans floated an inflatable pig emblazoned with Boca colours in front of the away fans, inciting unsavoury scenes in sections of the Estadio Monumental.

And this was by no means an isolated incident. The last meeting between Boca and River in the Libertadores in 2015 was abandoned after pepper spray was released in the tunnel, resulting in several players being hospitalised.

Now, the stage is set for the finale of this historic Copa Libertadores final and the Superclasico is tantalisingly poised ahead of the return leg once again broadcast live on BT Sport.

Chapter Two of this historical rivalry will take place some 10,000 kilometres away in Madrid after the unsavoury scenes outside El Monumental before the second-leg.

On the way to El Monumental to face River, Boca's team bus was attacked by opposition fans resulting in players sustaining injuries and two going to hospital.

After lengthy delays and the organisers pushing back kick-off, it was eventually decided the game would be played the following day.

However, the re-scheduled game was postponed again after protestations from River and it was decided the tie would be played in neutral territory to ensure the safety of fans and players.

River boss Marcelo Gallardo said the decision to move the game and take away their home advantage as ‘robbing the fans’ as both teams will get 25,000 tickets for Sunday's match, but only 5,000 of them can be sold to fans inside Argentina.

Unlike the rest of the competition, the away goals rule is not enforced for the Copa Libertadores final and the second leg will go to extra time and penalties if required.

It’s all to play as the eternal rivals go head-to-head for Copa Libertadores glory – Boca in search of their seventh and River in search of their fourth.

Football is about much, much more than sport in Argentina. It’s intrinsic in everything to do with Argentine society and River v Boca is the embodiment of that intensity, arguably the greatest derby in world football and it will all be shown live on BT Sport.

As well as bragging rights, a place at the Fifa Club World Cup, which is being held in Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time is up for grabs in Madrid.

The second leg of this epic encounter will take place on Sunday 9 December and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 7.15pm UK time.

River v Boca: Team news

Former Sunderland forward Ignacio Scocco remains a doubt for River Plate after picking up a calf problem in the first-leg in Buenos Aires.

Boca are without long-term absentee Christian Pavon who is sidelined with a muscle tear. Pablo Perez, who suffered an eye injury in the bus attack, is a major doubt.

Frank Fabra is also out for the visitors as he continues his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury.

River v Boca: The managers

River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo: “We have lost home advantage.

“Some day we are going to rethink what happened and we will remember it as a total disgrace.

“Our preparations have changed. We are going to play 10,000 kilometres away. The Copa Libertadores of America. They've robbed the fans."

Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto: “We should have won. We wasted so many chances, too many.

“I think we were the better side on the field, but River played their game, caused us some trouble on occasion and now it will be to the Monumental to settle it.

“We had the opportunity to go 3-2 up at the end, but [Franco] Armani has made a great save.”

River v Boca: Odds

River Plate: 8/5

Draw: 9/5

Boca Juniors: 21/10

Odds correct with Bet365 at the time of writing

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