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Boca Juniors have Copa Libertadores appeal rejected by CAS

09 December 2018

Boca filed their appeal to sport's highest court on Friday after the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) rejected their claim that River Plate should be disqualified from the continent's equivalent of Europe's Champions League.

River will celebrate their victory at the city's Puerta del Sol square which is traditionally the scene of the city's New Year's celebrations.

"It's sad because we the players don't deserve to have to leave to another country and play the final in another country, they kicked us out", Tevez remarked, and it is true this feels like an occasion soiled and an opportunity missed to see the best of South American football, regardless of what happens at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The announcement came after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Boca's appeal against the match as they sought River's disqualification in the wake of the attack on their team bus last month.

"I thought myself to be the dumbest guy in [terms of] history knowledge...but these guys just beat me", the veteran Boca Juniors forward joked ahead of Sunday's showdown with River Plate in the Spanish capital.

"To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it's weird".

About 25,000 supporters from each club are expected at the Bernabeu, with many making the trip of more than 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) from Argentina. "We know it's not going to be exactly the same, but I think it will be a great environment".

It has been confirmed that LaLiga giants Real Madrid will engage in talks over a deal for an Argentina global, who was also linked with FC Barcelona.

Almost 80,000 fans are expected at the Bernabeu, with supporters from each club placed at opposite sides of the stadium. Boca has argued it should be awarded a win because River failed to control its fans.

There are also plans to ensure supporters remain separate after the game, as one group of fans will be celebrating while the other laments their loss. "That a player from River goes to Madrid is also prestigious for River". The Argentine giants had never previously met in the final.

Boca Juniors have Copa Libertadores appeal rejected by CAS