Argentina's unprecedented superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate for the first final of the Copa Libertadores, will be played on Sunday after being suspended Saturday because of heavy rains in Buenos Aires, extending the tensions and anxieties of millions of Argentineans waiting for a historic duel.
Everything was ready for the "dream match", as defined by the former Argentina coach and Leeds United of England coach Marcelo Bielsa, but the rain that had fallen since dawn Saturday in Buenos Aires forced the suspension of the meeting at the mystical Boca stadium, Bombonera.
"For force majeure reasons, this game is suspended for tomorrow, Sunday 11 at 16:00" (1900 GMT), says the highest authority of South American football on your Twitter account, even though the weather forecast announces rain until next Tuesday
Public announcements were made 95 minutes before the scheduled time for the meeting (20H00 GMT) by stadium loudspeakers, which already have nearly 53,000 seats occupied and where fans don't stop singing under the storm. Meanwhile, the stands were empty.
"The court dried up, it responded. For tomorrow it depends on how much water falls," said Ezequiel Mazzitelli, a Boca executive to Fox Sports, after the suspension.
Waiting replenishes more of the atmosphere taken by nerves, excitement, euphoria and even fear of loss.
Apart from doubts about the realization of the game, which lasts throughout the day, Bombonera's doors are opened after 1:00 pm local time (17:00 GMT), the scheduled time for the public to enter via a strong electronic device. security with around 1,200 police mobilized.
The arrival and departure included the same Boca campus, because two hours from the start was scheduled for the game, Guillermo Barros Schelotto took the bus that would transfer them to the Bombonera from the concentration hotel, and ten minutes Then they descended without moving from there.
In the same way, at the Monumental stadium, north of the city, the expected campus out of the River, while thousands of fans & # 39; millionaire & # 39; encouraged and sang to accompany the match, was prevented from attending Bombonera for security reasons. , the current ban on Argentine football since 2013.
At River headquarters, DT Marcelo "Muñeco" Gallardo, who cannot direct his team or enter the stadium, with sanctions from Conmebol.