El Superclasico

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Outside River Plate's stadium, about 3 hours before kickoff.

Today I went to see the second football match since I´ve been away. Last time it was an international match, this was a club match and it doesn´t come bigger than the Superclasico, River Plate vs Boca Juniors.

I booked the game and transport through the hostel, at a vastly inflated price, but I didn´t have much choice in order to guarantee that I had tickets unless I didn´t go to Uruguay. That wasn´t an option.

We arrived about 2.5 hours early, but for the Superclasico you get a youth match between the teams first and lots of atmosphere from the crowd which builds up until exploding at kickoff. We were sitting behind the goal, in the stand below the Boca fans who delighted in jumping up and down above us. It made a huge noise.

When the River team came on the pitch, red and white flares were fired in all corners of the stadium and the crowd went wild.

Then Boca came out through a special tunnel to keep them away from the baying River fans and Juan Riquelme, the superstar of Argentina, got plenty of whistles and boos.

The match didn´t go as River would have planned it, much like their season so far. Boca were dominant, a class above River who dithered when in front of goal and always seemed to make the wrong decisions. Boca had a player sent off, apparently for dissent, but shortly after took the lead. River had attacks throughout the game, especially as the game opened up with Boca a man down, but they just couldn´t create a clear chance in front of goal. The game ended 0-1 and we had to wait about 30 minutes for the Boca fans to leave first, until we could leave the stadium. Plenty of time for the River fans to lament another defeat.

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Outside River Plates stadium, abo…
Outside River Plate's stadium, ab…
Juan Roman Riquelme, formerly capt…
Juan Roman Riquelme, formerly cap…
The closest we got to a goal at ou…
The closest we got to a goal at o…
The fanatical supporters of River.
The fanatical supporters of River.
The stadium is just below the appr…
The stadium is just below the app…