Heavy rain on the Bombonera.
The heavy rains that struck this morning on the Argentine capital threatened the final tonight between Boca and River. Thousands of agents in the city to ensure safety. An apocalyptic climate accompanied the countdown to the Libertadores Cup final, threatened by strong winds and a violent downpour. The situation in Buenos Aires, where Boca and River should have played at 21.00 Italian time, so critical that the local authorities and the summits of Conmebol aired this morning the hypothesis of a postponement of the match tomorrow. In the Italian evening, the decision: the match will not be played.
Buenos Aires, the Bombonera, a swamp: to play?
WEATHER ALERT –
The strong storm that has darkened the sky of Buenos Aires this morning has compromised the "derby" scheduled at Bombonera. The playing field currently has several flooded areas and, according to the organizers, it was necessary to wait for the following hours to evaluate the effectiveness of the drainage system. The rain on the Argentine capital had diminished in the early afternoon, but the field did not he would have never been in optimal condition for kick-off time. The national meteorological system has launched the weather alert in the early hours of dawn, but the significant improvement for the afternoon had definitely comforted. To worry, however, was the possibility of a strong electric storm that would put at risk public and players.
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ARMED CITT –
The following 2 hours were decisive, also because the gates of the Bombonera were opened from 13 local to allow entry to the fans. Meanwhile, the local authorities and the Ministry of Security have decided to raise the number of agents deployed around the stadium and in the nerve centers of Buenos Aires: 2,000 (instead of the 1,300 expected initially) agents to monitor the event, also monitored with the aid of an aerostatic balloon placed 300 meters high and equipped with a facial recognition monitoring system.
The conditions of the Bombonera at the moment
DELAYED MATCH –
From 13, the rain had begun to fall insistently on Buenos Aires. The match was initially confirmed, but Conmebol officials opted for a new inspection – awaiting the referee's inspection – before making a final decision. In the meantime, the referral rumors started to circulate due to the bad conditions of the camp. As expected, all postponed: the conditions of the ground – and more generally of the Bombonera – did not allow the normal development of the game. At 19.28, the tweet of the Conmebol: "Appointment to tomorrow at 4 pm". 20 hours, in Italy. And the wait worthy of the thriller expected in the field.
Por motivos de fuerza mayor el partido queda suspendido para maana, domingo 11 de noviembre a las 16:00 h.
– CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) 10 November 2018