River squad arrives at hotel in Madrid for Copa Libertadores game vs. Boca
A River Plate supporter holds a banner reading 'We will be always' as they cheer on the players on their arrival at their hotel in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 6, 2018. EPA-EFE/FERNANDO VILLAR
Argentinian soccer team River Plate's players arrive at their hotel in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 6, 2018. EPA-EFE/FERNANDO VILLAR
Argentinian team River Plate's captain and midfielder Leonardo Ponzio talks to the media on the arrival of the players at their hotel in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 6, 2018. EPA-EFE/ Fernando Villar
Some 20 supporters of Argentinian team River Plate cheer on the players on their arrival at their hotel in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 6, 2018. EPA-EFE/ Fernando Villar
Madrid, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- Argentina's River Plate arrived at their team hotel in Madrid amid tightened security, as documented by an efe-epa journalist early Thursday, three days before the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Upon their arrival at Eurostras Madrid Tower Hotel, River Plate players led by coach Marcelo Gallardo were greeted by a score of fans, who were applauding and chanting.
The Buenos Aires-based team is scheduled to hold a practice session later in the day at Real Madrid's training facility.
The South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) on Nov. 29 announced the Copa Libertadores final second leg was to be held in Madrid on Dec. 9.
On Nov. 24, fans of rival team River Plate attacked Boca's team bus with stones, shattering windows.
This allowed pepper spray and tear gas, used by the police in an attempt to disperse the River fans, to enter the vehicle.
The Copa final was postponed twice after the bus attack, initially following the attack and subsequently to allow players more time to recover.
The first leg was played on Nov. 11 at Boca's La Bombonera Stadium and ended in a 2-2 draw.