Crazy turn of events
The Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu, 6,237 miles away from Buenos Aires.
There has been much talk about the Copa Libertadores final this week after fan violence ahead of the second leg.
The game was due to be played last Sunday but just an hour before the game, River Plate fans attacked the Boca team bus.
That lead to many players having to be treated following a tear gas grenade went off.
The game was eventually delayed for an hour and then again for another before the decision was made to call it off.
It was expected that the game would go ahead the day after, but the game was again cancelled.
It was then later announced that a new ground would be chosen for the game instead of River Plate’s Estadio Monumental.
There was talk of the game being held in Qatar after an offer was supposedly made to CONMEBOL.
Now, it looks as though a ground has been chosen and it’s an unexpected one.
Bernabeu to host Copa Libertadores final
That is because according to reports, the game will actually be held in Real Madrid’s famous stadium the Bernabeu on December 9th.
While it will come as no surprise that a stadium of the Bernabeu’s size was chosen, the location is interesting.
In fact, the Bernabeu is a whopping 6,237 miles away from where the second leg was supposed to be held.
Questions are now raised over how many fans will be able to make the trip, and how the distance the teams will have to travel will affect the result.
The venue has yet to be confirmed officially but if reports are to be believed, it will be the Bernabeu.
After an incredible seven days, the game may finally go ahead.
Social media reacts
Safe to say, some are not too happy about the decision and have criticised the whole mess.
Oh wow, is THAT why the Bernabeu is trending?! What a mess this Copa Libertadores situation has been.
— Hloni Mtimkulu (@Hloni__) November 29, 2018
So @CONMEBOL has made @Libertadores an impossibility for almost all who fund and support them year round by moving final to Madrid, thus handing out trophy named after leaders of South America’s independence movement in the main hub of Iberia. @Conmebol can really f**k right off.
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) November 29, 2018
Boca vs River at Santiago Bernabeu?
This is crazy!
— Jorge J. Aliaga (@JorgeBASSIST) November 29, 2018
The Copa Libertadores final will now be played at the Bernabeu with a Spanish referee.
We might actually get to see the game played! pic.twitter.com/M7FWKSZwFZ
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) November 29, 2018
Irony of playing #CopaLibertadoresFinal in the country that invaded most of the continentant! Also in the city that has thousands upon thousands of River & Boca fans and a rather heavy handed police force! #RiverBoca
— Mark McCourt (@mmccourt21) November 29, 2018
It is now rumoured that Real Madrid’s Bernabeu will host the second leg.
Just the 10,039km for fans of Boca and River to travel… pic.twitter.com/Rk1rYJ4CQO
— Coral (@Coral) November 29, 2018