Copa Libertadores final moved from Santiago to Lima
The first one-leg final of South American club soccer’s premier competition had been scheduled to take place on 23rd November at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional, but the city has been plagued by violence since demonstrations over increased metro ticket prices last month sparked a chain of further protests.
The game will now take place on the same date at Lima’s 80,000-seater Estadio Monumental, Peru’s largest soccer stadium.
A Conmebol statement read: 'After analysing and evaluating new circumstances of force majeure, and considering the security of the players, public and respective delegations, Conmebol has taken the decision to move the final of the 2019 Libertadores to the Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru, while maintaining the original date of November 23rd.’
Conmebol added that the decision to relocate the fixture had the backing of both participating clubs, Brazilian side Flamengo and reigning champions River Plate, as well as the soccer associations of Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
The move is another blow to Conmebol, which last year was forced to take the second leg of the final between bitter Argentinian rival River Plate and Boca Juniors to Madrid in Spain after River supporters attacked the Boca team bus as it approached the stadium, causing the originally scheduled fixture to be postponed.
This year is the first time in the Copa Libertadores’ 60-year history that the final will be played as a single game at a neutral venue. The change is designed to more closely resemble Uefa tournaments and make the occasion more lucrative for the participating teams.
Next year’s edition of the Copa Libertadores final has been confirmed for the iconic Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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