TWO Boca Juniors players have been hospitalised after River Plate fans ambushed their team bus ahead of the second leg of their Copa Libertadores final.
Stars, including former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, were reportedly left vomiting in the changing room and in need of treatment after coach windows were smashed and tear gas was used.
ESPN12 Boca Juniors players were hospitalised after River Plate fans ambushed their team bus ahead of the Copa Libertadores final
ESPN12 The Boca Juniors team bus was ambushed by a crowd of rowdy fans
In chaotic scenes, South American football's governing body eventually postponed the game over TWO HOURS after the scheduled kick-off amid claims they tried to force Boca to take to the field.
The match – potentially the biggest-ever between two of the game's fiercest rivals – will now be played at 8pm UK time on Sunday.
The world caught a glimpse of the incredible passion stirred by the two Buenos Aires giants when 49,000 fans watched a Boca TRAINING session this week.
And Boca's coach was met with wild scenes as it approached River's Monumental Stadium as fervour erupted into violence.
12 Pablo Perez was hospitalised after glass went in his eye during attack
12 Team-mate Gonzalo Lamardo also needed treatment
AFP or licensors12 Pablo Perez later returned to the Monumental but was ruled out of the game
Imagenes del vestuario de #Boca en el Monumental, con los jugadores afectados con cortes, mareos y vómitos, siendo atendidos por los médicos del club. pic.twitter.com/CkCibuGuBk
— La Número 12 (@lanumero12comar) November 24, 2018