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Madrid successfully hosts Copa Libertadores final after original game was suspended

River Plate celebrate their Copa Libertadores victory in Spain.
River Plate celebrate their Copa Libertadores victory in Spain. / AFP
  • Madrid had agreed to step in at the last minute when the original match, planned for 24 November in Buenos Aires, had to be suspended due to violence between fans

The people of Madrid were able to breath a sigh of relief last week after hosting a major South American cup final at short notice, amid security concerns.

The second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores, the equivalent of the Champions League, passed off without incident between Argentinian giants River Plate and Boca Juniors. Madrid had agreed to step in at the last minute when the original match, planned for 24 November in Buenos Aires, had to be suspended due to violence between the notoriously conflict-ridden rival fans.

Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu stadium was offered up as a new, safer alternative and last weekend the Spanish capital took on a Latin feel as thousands of fans flooded in from Buenos Aires, watched over by 4,000 police. The game was won 3-1 by River Plate (5-3 on aggregate).