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Boca, River fans going crazy over Libertadores derby final

Millions of football mad fans in Argentina are eagerly counting down to the first ever superclasico Copa Libertadores final between the country s two powerhouse outfits: Boca Juniors and River Plate. Beginning with Saturday s first leg at Boca s iconic Bombonera stadium fans of the two most popular teams in the country will be reaching fever pitch long before the return leg two weeks later at River s Monumental ground. It will be a tie that s not for the faint hearted between two teams that allegedly command the support of 70 percent of the country s football fans. It s the most explosive and combustible match in a nation in which fans have been banned from travelling to away matches since 2013 due to football-related violence that has seen 305 supporters killed in the last 50 years, according to the Salvemos al Futbol (Let s save football) charity. The rivalry between the two sides, both originally from the working class La Boca district of Buenos Aires before River moved to the ...

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