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Boca's coach Schelotto shares sorrow over not lifting the cup

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Boca's coach Schelotto shares sorrow over not lifting the cup

Boca's coach Schelotto shares sorrow over not lifting the cup

Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto shares sorrow after loss to River Plate in Copa Libertadores final

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Boca's coach Schelotto shares sorrow over not lifting the cup

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (DECEMBER 9, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

BOCA JUNIORS COACH GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO AT POST-MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOCA JUNIORS COACH, GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO, SAYING: "The only thing I feel is sadness for not winning the cup for the people of Boca.

That's the only thing, the only thing I feel bad about, not taking the cup for Boca." 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOCA JUNIORS COACH, GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO, SAYING: "Over 90 minutes neither team was superior over the other - only in moments, but not decisively.

And in extra time the extra man made it easier to keep possession... 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOCA JUNIORS COACH, GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO, SAYING: "It is difficult to talk today of the people who we couldn't deliver the cup to, who made a great effort, who came here from Argentina, and all over the world.

I believe they know the character, the will, the heart the players put into this.

Unfortunately in extra time, a man down, two men less." 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOCA JUNIORS COACH, GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO, SAYING: "I feel, we feel great sadness - not only for the people who made a great effort to be here, but for all the people who have accompanied us on this journey of almost sixty days... XXXX the truth is it is a great pain, for me it causes great pain, that we couldn't win the cup for the people." STORY: River Plate battled back from a goal down to beat arch Argentine rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra-time in the rescheduled Copa Libertadores final second leg which was controversially played in Madrid after violence had seen the original game postponed.

Dario Benedetto put Boca ahead at the end of a bruising first half at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

But River, who also came back twice in the 2-2 draw in the first leg at Boca's Bombonera stadium, levelled in the 68th minute through striker Lucas Pratto after a superb team move.

River were given a huge advantage when Boca midfielder Wilmar Barrios was sent off in the third minute of extra-time and seized it thanks to a sizzling strike from Colombia international Juan Fernando Quintero in the 109th minute.

Gonzalo Martinez sealed victory, 5-3 on aggregate, at the death with a tap in after Boca's entire team had poured forward in search of an equaliser, giving River a fourth Libertadores title and denying Boca a record-equalling seventh.

River's victory means they will represent South America in the Club World Cup that starts in the United Arab Emirates on Dec.

12.

The game was moved 10,000 kilometres away from River's Monumental stadium to Madrid as Boca's team bus had been ambushed before the originally scheduled game, leaving several Boca players injured from the impact of the smashed windows and from tear gas that had been fired by police.

It meant that instead of a home game with the exclusive presence of River supporters, Real Madrid's Bernabeu was equally-divided between fans of both sides, a highly unusual situation in the Copa Libertadores.

The final, the first in the 58 years of the competition to be played outside of Latin America, provoked furious protests from both clubs, their supporters and leading figures in Argentine football, such as 1978 World Cup winning coach Luis Cesar Menotti who called the switch "an aberration".

River had decried the loss of home advantage Boca had enjoyed in the first leg, while Boca claimed they should have been awarded the trophy by default, pointing to when they were thrown out of the competition in 2015 when River players were subjected to pepper spray at halftime.

There was also a deep sense of irony at the fact a competition named in honour of the liberators of south America was to be played in the home of their former rulers.

Despite the controversy, a total of 10,000 fans made the long journey over from Argentina for the occasion, with the nation's considerable expatriate communities across Europe (250,000 reside in Spain alone) also flooding in to the Spanish capital, creating a carnival atmosphere that was mostly cordial.

Spanish police had mounted the biggest ever security operation for a football match in the country, deploying over 4,000 personnel including more than 2,000 police officers.

The security costs were countered by a considerable windfall for the city, which local government officials put at an estimated minimum 55 million euros.




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