Disturbing scenes in the Copa Libertadores, as the round of 16 2nd leg between Boca Juniors and River Plate was stopped after half-time when Boca fans attacked River players with pepper spray. The remaining 45 minutes of La Superclasico have been suspended, with River (the lowest-ranked team remaining) leading 1-0 on aggregate against the highest, with no-one quite sure what happens next, as all 7 other ties in this round have already been decided.
Interesting thing to happen in the CAF Champions League - in the upcoming group stage
, all 3 Algerian clubs remaining will play in the same group, CAF don't care for any of that 'league protection' nonsense that UEFA like so much
. Not sure whether Pieter will see this as a good or bad thing - on the one hand these clubs from the same league will be playing each other (6/12 games in this group will be all-Algerian), on the other... at least one is guaranteed to be eliminated.
I never really understand the importance of having a final with two clubs of different nationalities, other than not wanting to see more common matchups (Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid was played 8 times this season). When clubs were more 'local' entities I understand it better, but I can't see the 'between two countries' mindset, it seems more a thing that the media just try to promote, somehow I doubt Barcelona will have all of Spain supporting them in this final