Boca Juniors trained in Madrid for the first time on Thursday
shortly after River Plate landed in Spain ahead of the clubs'
postponed Libertadores Cup decider at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The second leg will be held at the home of Real Madrid on Sunday
following the controversial decision of South America's football
federation, CONMEBOL, to take the fixture out of Argentina.
After arriving on Wednesday, Boca's players looked in good
spirits during a light session at Las Rozas, the Spanish national
team's training base in the north west of the capital, on
River, who had earlier flown in to Madrid's Barajas Airport, are
scheduled to train at 1800 (1700 GMT) on Thursday at Real's
Valdebebas training centre.
The final's first leg ended 2-2 at Boca's Bombonera ground last
month, with River set to host the return at their El Monumental
stadium on November 24.
The match had to be postponed, however, following an attack by
River Plate fans on the Boca Juniors team bus, which saw windows
smashed and some Boca players injured.
As punishment, CONMEBOL ruled River would lose their home
advantage and the game was moved abroad amid fears over further
Both clubs initially opposed the proposal to play their decisive
second leg in Spain.
Former Boca idol Juan Roman Riquelme voiced his disapproval
earlier this week, saying it would make it "the most expensive
friendly in history".
"It won't be the same. No matter how much I want Boca to win it,
I think the final has to be played in our country," he said.
"The way it is, makes it the most expensive friendly in history."