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River Plate confirm flight to Madrid for Libertadores final

AFP  |  Buenos Aires 

The team will leave for on Wednesday to play the second leg of the highly controversial Libertadores Cup final, the club announced on Monday.

In a statement to the South American football federation CONMEBOL, the Argentinian club said the team would leave for "Wednesday at 1400 local time (1700 GMT) in a charter flight from Ezeiza airport".

had earlier said it was opposed to moving Sunday's match against fierce local rivals Boca Juniors from to the Santiago Bernabeu in

had called it "absurd", adding that his side had lost home advantage.

River should have hosted the match at their own on November 24 but it was postponed after fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus.

Several Boca Juniors players including needed hospital treatment for caused by shards of glass and others complained about the effects of inhaling teargas in the attack.

Boca then refused to play the match and it was postponed 24 hours, only to then be called off indefinitely the next day.

Boca petitioned CONMEBOL to be awarded the trophy, but that was rejected.

The first leg at had finished 2-2.

CONMEBOL then switched the match to Madrid, a decision opposed by both Argentinian clubs.

Boca have not announced the timing of their team departure although, according to the local press, the indications are that they will leave on Tuesday evening with fans preparing farewell festivities for Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood of La Boca.

On Monday, Boca and River put on sale the 5,000 tickets that each club has for fans living in They cost 3,600 pesos (84 euros) -- about a quarter of the average salary in

In Spain, 20,000 additional tickets for River fans not residing in sold in a few hours, a source close to the organisation told AFP.

Another 20,000 for Boca fans living outside the country will go on sale from Tuesday.

The second leg of the Libertadores Cup takes place in on December 9.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 18:30 IST