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Copa Libertadores final: Boca v River first leg postponed after torrential rain

• Match will now be played on Sunday afternoon • Conmebol calls game off after day of confusionThe first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, set to be a Superclásico derby between Argentina’s Boca Juniors and River Plate, has been postponed after heavy…

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Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video

For the first time ever city rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s most prestigious club trophy. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sh…

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Boca v River: the Libertadores final South America has waited 58 years for

Bitter Argentinian rivals are up against each other over two legs but no away fans will be allowed – it is simply too dangerousPepper spray in the tunnel, an inflatable pig floated in front of the away fans, Carlos Tévez being sent off for performing a…

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Buenos Aires 2-0 Brazil: how River and Boca set up a Superclásico final

Robbie Blakeley went to Buenos Aires to see Boca Juniors and River Plate overcome Brazilian clubs in the Copa LibertadoresBy The Set Pieces, part of the Sport Network“Look mate, you’re going to need to sit in the front. If you sit back there it’s obvio…

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Boca Juniors set up Copa Libertadores final Superclásico with rivals River Plate

Boca beat Palmeiras 4-2 on aggregate to set up final‘This will be a Superclásico like no other,’ says Boca’s ÁbilaBoca Juniors set up a mouthwatering Copa Libertadores final with city rivals River Plate after drawing 2-2 with Palmeiras in Brazil to win…

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Sandra Rossi: the ‘brain-trainer’ helping River Plate show their emotions – and win | Juan Arango

More than a few eyebrows were raised in Argentina when the first female assistant coach was hired but Sandra Rossi has had a big impact at the Buenos Aires clubFrom the moment Sandra Rossi stepped on to the pitch at the Estadio Monumental for photograp…

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Sandra Rossi: the ‘brain-trainer’ helping River Plate show their emotions – and win | Juan Arango

More than a few eyebrows were raised in Argentina when the first female assistant coach was hired but Sandra Rossi has had a big impact at the Buenos Aires clubFrom the moment Sandra Rossi stepped on to the pitch at the Estadio Monumental for photograp…

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Sport picture of the day: River Plate fans’ star turn

At first glance this image resembles one taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, until you look closely and see the faces of the River Plate fans amid the flares and smoke at El Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. Despite the home side dominating and winn…

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Sport picture of the day: River Plate’s Copa of cheers

There was plenty for River Plate supporters to cheer about at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires as the Argentinian team assumed control of Group 1 in the Copa Libertadores with a 6-0 thrashing of Bolivian side The Strongest Continue reading…

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Five players sent off in River Plate v Boca Juniors ‘friendly’

• Carlos Tevez headbutted during argument that sparked melee
• River Plate win 1-0 after a match containing 40 fouls

Five players were sent off and Carlos Tevez gave away a penalty that handed River Plate a 1-0 win over Boca Juniors in a far from amicable seaside ‘friendly’ between Argentina’s biggest rivals on Saturday.

Argentina striker Tevez blocked a free-kick with his arm in the 17th minute and Leonardo Pisculichi converted the penalty in the traditional off-season clash at the Atlantic resort of Mar de Plata. “In four days, five sent off, in two matches, we must grow [up],” Tevez told reporters.

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River Plate apologise after fans reportedly spat at Lionel Messi in Tokyo

• Club release statement condemning actions of supporters at airport
• ‘There’s always one idiot, to use a more polite way of describing these people’

River Plate have apologised for the behaviour of their supporters towards Lionel Messi at an airport in Tokyo amid reports that he was spat following Barcelona’s 3-0 victory in the Club World Cup final.

Related: Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez fire Barcelona to Club World Cup title

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Luis Enrique praises Messi following Club World Cup victory – video

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique speaks to the press after his club beat River Plate 3-0 in Yokohama, Japan on Sunday. Forward Lionel Messi scored Barcelona’s first goal ten minutes before half-time and then Luis Suárez scored twice to secure the win over the Uruguayan team. The Club World Cup win adds to a very successful year including accolades such as the league title, Champions League and Uefa Super Cup

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Luis Suárez scores twice against River Plate as Barcelona win Club World Cup

River Plate 0-3 Barcelona
Messi 36, Suárez 49, 68

A goal from Lionel Messi and a double from Luis Suárez helped Barcelona to beat River Plate 3-0 in Yokohama and win the Club World Cup, the club’s fifth major honour of 2015.

Messi opened the scoring 10 minutes before the end of a difficult first half for Barcelona, who were tested by River’s intensity, but the European champions struck again early in the second period through Suárez and the Uruguayan sealed their third world title by heading home a cross from Neymar.

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Barcelona v River Plate: Club World Cup final – live!

10.35am GMT

4 min: A corner! For River! Carlos Sanchez gets into some space on the right, he looks up and tries to curl the ball around Mascherano, but it hits the Barça player on the midriff and bounces out behind the goal.

10.33am GMT

3 min: Messi tries to pop a little pass across the edge of the box towards Suárez, but his timing is out, and it’s just behind his team-mate. River Plate clear.

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River Plate reach Club World Cup final with victory over Sanfrecce Hiroshima

• Lucas Alario scores winner as River Plate progress in Japan
• Will face either Barcelona or Guangzhou Evergrande in final

River Plate advanced to the Club World Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan on Wednesday.

Lucas Alario secured the winner’s spot in Sunday’s final, heading in the only goal in the 72nd minute.

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Pablo Aimar: the Argentinian wizard admired by Maradona and Messi | Paul Wilson

The former striker, who has retired aged 35, was an effortlessly creative No10 whose list of honours, including two La Liga titles and one Uefa Cup with Valencia, is seen as underwhelming for the ability he possessedHere is an obscure quiz question to …

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River Plate players taken to hospital after ‘tear gas attack’ by Boca Juniors fans

• Four River players taken to hospital after match was abandoned
• River manager Marcelo Gallardo calls the incident ‘deplorable’
• Boca president: ‘this is society’s problem, not football’s problem’
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Sport picture of the day: Ribbons and passion for River Plate

There are plenty of flares and passion emanating from the terraces at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires as River Plate take on Colombia’s Atlético Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final. After the teams drew 1-1 in the first leg, a 2-0 win gave the Argentinian side a 3-1 aggregate win and the trophy. River can complete a league and cup double on sunday if they win and Racing Club lose

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Racing Club on threshold of ending Argentinian title drought

Diego Milito’s return to Racing as club captain has been the catalyst to their winning form which could culminate in a first championship in 13 years with victory against Godoy Cruz
• ‘I spied on Gérard Houllier’s training sessions’

It is 13 years, 26 championships, since Racing Club last won an Argentinian title. Before that, they had not won it since 1966, the final year before the league was split into two championships. Often in Argentina these days, with economic circumstance dictating that the vast majority of half-decent players are enticed abroad as soon as they show even a flicker of talent, it can seem that the league is little more than a game of pass the parcel and that if you stay in the game long enough the music will eventually stop when you’re holding the prize, but nobody will be thinking that at El Cilindro on Sunday if Racing get the win they need against Godoy Cruz, or if River Plate drop points at Quilmes.

Racing’s first drought was long and painful. When they won the Copa Libertadores and then beat Celtic to lift the Intercontinental crown in 1967, it was the culmination of a rise under Juan José Pizzuti that – for all those games against Celtic degenerated into violence – can in retrospect be seen as the first steps away from the anti-fútbol that had dominated the decade.

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Érik Lamela, Tottenham Hotspurs mercurial star, born to play football

Finally a regular in the first team and over his World Cup disappointment, Érik Lamela is ready to make his mark at Spurs
Lamela: Rabona for Tottenham was best goal of my career
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