16.11.2010 - 16.11.2010 20 °C
I feel this justifies a blog of its own since I have been looking forward to this for a while now. We actually tweaked our route slightly to arrive in Buenos Aires before the 7th November, the original date of the game. However, the presidents husband died so it was rescheduled for the 16th. I luckily managed to get a ticket through a tour for it, as your strongly recommended not to go to a game like this yourself since the fans here are pretty wild. For those non-football fans this match between the two biggest teams in Buenos Aires is known as the Superclasico, and is thought of as the biggest football derby / rivalry in the world!
We arrived outside the ground almost two hours before kickoff. This soon became apparent why as you had to queue to get through three seperate security checks where the police search every person. This was even before you had to show your ticket. Many of the fans must have known how to sneak stuff in going on the amount of fireworks and flares that were set off throughout the game. The stadium was packed when we got in, about an hour before kickoff, so it was just a case of finding a spot to stand and try not to lose it. There was an under-21 / reserve match being played before the main game which many of the fans appeared to be in early to watch.
The atmosphere before the game was amazing, with everyone going crazy and setting off flares and fireworks, and throwing bits of paper into the air. This was a really great sight and the noise was incredible. There are a couple of quick videos below to give you a taste of what it was like.
The game itself was really good too. Although it only finished 1-0, River should have won by at least 3 or 4 goals. The Boca keeper had a great match. There were hard tackles flying in but only a few yellow cards shown. There would have been at least one red card if this was being played in Europe. The standard of football was very good especially the passing and the players first touch. The two main players were Riquelme for Boca and Ortega for River, but thankfully the latter inspired his team to victory and made the night even better being in with the winning supporters.