River Plate of Argentina becomes what many in football recognize as the Champions of the Americas, winning La Copa Libertadores.
MADRID, SPAIN — In a final moved to Madrid’s famous Santiago Bernabéu stadium, due to an episode of archrival mayhem in Buenos Aires, River Plate defeated Boca Juniors in the final of the Copa Libertadores da América. The score was a decisive 3-1. The club thus claimed, first, the widely recognized title of Soccer Champions of the Americas, then second, and perhaps most importantly, bragging rights against their fellow Argentinian rivals regarding their place in their league, the country, and even in history. The celebrations on the pitch and in the two capitals were, as expected, in accordance with these sentiments.