Barcelona manager  Ernesto Valverde reacts after the defeat to Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in May 2019. photograph:   Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Barcelona’s ex-manager took training on Monday morning, if only because he wasn’t the ex-manager just yet. Besides, someone somewhere had to act with (...)

Two River Plate supporters walk past riot police after the Copa Libertadores final  second leg against  Boca Juniors was postponed in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Alberto Raggio/Reuters

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River Plate celebrate Carlos Izquierdoz’s own goal in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final at La Bombonera. Photograph: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty

Boca Juniors 2 River Plate 2 Boca Juniors and River Plate played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores final(...)

The La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires where millions of football mad fans in Argentina are eagerly counting down to the first ever “superclasico” Copa Libertadores final. Photograph: Getty Images

Pepper spray in the tunnel, an inflatable pig floated in front of the away fans, Carlos Tévez being sent off for performing a chicken dance … take you(...)

The Superclasico between Boca Juniors and and River Plate was abandoned at half time after Boca fans teargassed River Plate players last night. Photograph: AFP

Four River Plate players were taken to hospital after they were sprayed with an irritant by fans of bitter rivals Boca Juniors on Thursday, causing(...)