Carlos Tevez blasts decision to play Copa Libertadores final in Madrid

Boca Juniors fans wave their team off in Buenos Aires

Boca Juniors' last-minute attempt to suspend Sunday's Copa Libertadores final against River Plate was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Saturday, clearing the way for the decisive match to take place in Madrid.

Of the thousands of Argentinean fans in Madrid for the final, there are several hundred supporters of both clubs that Spanish police consider to be unsafe, and, as such, extra security measures and a large police contingent will be deployed at the Santiago Bernabeu for the game.

The decision hasn't been well received by everyone, with River initially releasing a statement indicating they would not be playing the game.

"It is a bit weird to play here but it is important for us to focus on how the game will be in Madrid".

"I think it is embarrassing for the people, not so much for the players".

Fans are beginning to arrive in the Spanish capital
Fans are beginning to arrive in the Spanish capital

The final was moved to Real Madrid's stadium, the Santiago Bernebeau, after Boca players were hurt when their coach was attacked by River fans as it approached the ground on November 24.

The Argentina global told BBC World Service Sport: "They took away our dream of playing the final in our country".

With class, personality and character, the 20-year-old is certainly capable of wowing the crowd in Madrid, some of whom will soon be seeing him on a regular basis.

The game will be played on Sunday evening, kicking off at 7.30.

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