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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Boca Juniors 0-0 River Plate

    Now it's time for the hosts to come forward. Cristin Pavon unloads from 25 yards but that's a touch ambitious and his shot flies high and wide of the River Plate goal.

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    Boca Juniors 0-0 River Plate

    River Plate really should be ahead.

    And it's another wicked Gonzalo Martinez delivery that finds Lucas Martinez Quarta about six yards from goal but the defender misdirects his header wide.

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    Boca Juniors 0-0 River Plate

    Crikey. What an effort.

    Gonzalo Martínez pings in a free-kick from the right trying to catch Agustin Rossi out at his near post. But the Boca keeper is alert and tips the ball over.

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    Boca Juniors 0-0 River Plate

    The noise being generated by the Boca fans is something else.

    The hosts are having plenty of possession pushing forward against River Plate's five-man defence.

    But they look pretty steely back there.

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    Boca Juniors 0-0 River Plate

    Boca go straight on to the attack and win a couple of corners from the right in the opening minute.

    There's a lot of pushing, shoving and grappling. But River survive the early pressure with Carlos Izquierdo's header drifting well wide.

  6. KICK-OFF

    Boca Juniors 0-0 River Plate

    Hold your hats. Away we go.

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    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    This is the final time that this will be a two-legged affair.

    And the atmosphere looks incredible even without away fans inside La Bombonera stadium.

  8. Team news

    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    Right time for some team news and here's how the sides line-up this evening.

    You might spot a few familiar names particularly in the Boca squad with Uruguay midfielder Nahitan Nandez in midfield and Mauro Zarate and Carlos Tevez both on the substitutes bench.

    Boca Juniors XI: Rossi, Jara, Izquierdoz, Magallan, Olaza, Nandez, Barrios, Perez, Villa, Abila, Pavon

    Subs: Goltz, Gago, Benedetto, Zarate, Tevez, Buffarini, Lampe

    River Plate XI: Armani, Montiel, Maidana, L.Martinez, Pinola, Casco, G.Martinez, Perez, Palacios, Pratto, Borre

    Subs: Zuculini, Mora, Quintero, Alvarez, Lux, Mayada, Fernandez

  9. Put your medals on the table

    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    Guillermo Schelotto

    While we're talking about credentials.... the Boca boss Guillermo Schelotto won the Copa Libertadores as a player in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007.

    And 17 major honours in 16 years as a professional.

    He's followed that up with two Argentine Primera Division title in the last two seasons.

    Not bad eh.

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    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    Marcelo Gallardo

    In case you're wondering about Marcelo Gallardo.

    He's a River Plate man through and through, having had three spells at Los Millonarios during his playing career.

    But he also appeared for Argentina and was the French League Footballer of the Year in a pretty tasty Monaco side containing the likes of Fabien Barthez, Willy Sagnol, Ludovic Giuly, Marco Simone and David Trezeguet.

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    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    Both these clubs triumphed against Brazilian opposition to reach the final, Boca knocking out Palmeiras while last season's champions Gremio were controversially beaten by River.

    Gremio appealed to CONMEBOL after their loss as River coach Marcelo Gallardo defied a touchline ban to address his players at half-time.

    But the former Argentina international was given a four-match touchline ban and Gremio were not reinstated in the competition.

  12. 'Game of the century'

    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    With tickets reportedly changing hands for up to $25,000 on the black market this final has been dubbed the 'Game of the Century.'

    Surely that should be plural.

    Not bad though considering Boca sit in eighth and local rivals River Plate are 10th in the Argentine Primera Division - well adrift of leaders Racing Club.

    The return leg, at River's Monumental stadium on November 24, will be played before a full house of 67,000.

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    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    La Bombonera stadium

    This game was of course originally scheduled for last night.

    But torrential rain left the surface at Boca's La Bombonera stadium in not to great shape.

    You could have aquaplaned on there no problem mind.

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    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    Feels a bit special this one.

    Boca Juniors fans
    Match pennant
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    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    Carlos Tevez

    If you're wondering what to expect tonight...well this derby, referred to as the Superclasico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sheer animosity between the two sides.

    When the two sides met in a supposed 'friendly' in 2016 five players were sent-off and nine bookde in a game containing 40 fouls.

    Oh and Carlos Tevez, remember him, was head-butted in an argument that sparked full-on handbags between both sets of players.

  16. Good evening

    Boca Juniors v River Plate (19:00 GMT)

    Good evening. So who fancies a bit of local rivalry, South American style in possibly the biggest game on the continent....

    Yes I am talking about the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final.