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Watch: Scintillating Boca Goal Sparks Copa Libertadores Final Into Life

Watch: Scintillating Boca Goal Sparks Copa Libertadores Final Into Life

We have ourselves a game. Boca Juniors have taken the lead in the rearranged Copa Libertadores Final with an incredible counterattacking goal.

The second leg of tonight's final is taking place in Madrid, after ugly pre-match scenes caused the original fixture to be abandoned. The game was due to take place in River Plate, before the Boca bus was attacked by home supporters, leaving a number injured.

There has been huge controversy over the rearranged fixture, with the decision to bring the game to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu a huge point of contention in South America. Many felt that moving the continent's showpiece game to Europe set a dangerous precedent, but the game went ahead this evening regardless.

Perhaps due to the unfamiliar surroundings, the game started off at a surprisingly slow pace. It would burst into life just before half time however.

Boca managed to turn the ball over during a River Plate attack, with an incredible pass from Nahitan Nández setting Darío Benedetto free. He expertly turned the final defender, before calmly finishing to give his side the lead.

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You will do very well to see a better pass than that this season. The finish wasn't half bad either, and we are perfectly poised entering the final 45 minutes. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw, and there is no away goals rule in this competition.

River Plate entered this game as slight favourites, but have been largely outplayed thus far. The atmosphere in the stadium is electric, with a large Argentinian contingent present at the game.

There was a worry that a large amount of neutrals at the game would result in a subdued crowd, but this has thankfully not materialised. While the atmosphere is not quite what you would get in Buenos Aires, it is fitting of the occasion.

Strap yourself in for a tense second half.

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Gary Connaughton

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