Boca Juniors fans flood streets to see team off ahead of Copa Libertadores final with incredible fireworks displayDecember 5, 2018
The South American showdown has been rocked with controversy for the past fortnight with violence bringing shame on Argentina.
The second-leg of the final was set to be played on November 24 but was postponed after River Plate fans attacked Boca's bus with rocks and bottles.
Players were seriously hurt and even struggled to breathe due to the police's use of tear gas.
But the game is set to be played in Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium on Sunday, despite objections from opponents River Plate.
And Boca supporters flooded the street to give their side a send-off as they prepare for the all-important second leg, having drawn the first 2-2.
As the team bus made its way down the road – flanked by a sea of blue and yellow – supporters launched fireworks and chanted as their heroes made their way to the airport.
On the other hand, River Plate have been slapped with a fine and given a two-match stadium ban for their fans' abhorrent behaviour.
As well as attacking Boca's team bus, a River-supporting woman was arrested for strapping flares to her son's chest in a bid to sneak them into the stadium.
River fans were also filmed brutally kicking and beating a pig dressed in Boca colours in a sickening stunt.
So bad was the violence from River Plate fans, Boca Juniors have spent much of the past fortnight pushing for their disqualification from the tournament.
Boca were on the receiving end of the very same treatment for the 2015 final – and had expected their opponents would be dealt with similarly.
However, with the game scheduled to go ahead, the venue was moved out of South America and into Europe.
With the clash pencilled in for the world-famous Bernabeu, River recently issued a statement refusing to play there.
While the situation is not yet finalised, it is expected the match will finally go ahead, despite the club's protestations.
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