By Chris Wright
It’s always a feisty old ding-dong at the best of times, but last night’s dicey meeting between Boca Juniors and River Plate in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores last 16 went above and beyond the usual ‘Superclasico’ frolics.
Indeed, the game had to be suspended after River’s players were attacked with pepper spray while emerging from the tunnel after half-time.
As the away side made their way back out onto the pitch at La Bombonera, six of their players were hit by the gas – tears streaming down their cheeks as they attempted to douse their inflamed eyes.
The River players then made their way to the centre-circle where, after a lengthy discussion with the match officials, they eventually made their way back down the tunnel with a riot police escort…
After proceedings were held up for more than an hour, the match was officially suspended with the score locked at 0-0 (River leading 1-0 on aggregate).
See, this is why we can’t have nice things.