Their matchups echo throughout the history of South America's greatest competition. River Plate and Boca Juniors, rivals forever linked, have shared many a Libertadores memory, particularly in recent years. Since 2015, the two sides have met on 3 different occasions in the Libertadores knockout rounds, with River Plate advancing each time.
But like every story, their Libertadores tale has a beginning. 54 years ago this month, the two took to the pitch for the first time in a Libertadores match at Boca's historic La Bombonera. The two had met earlier on in that competition, with River winning 2-0, but on that night, Alfred Hugo Rojas would bag a brace to lift the hosts to a 2-0 victory.
🔙🇦🇷 5⃣4⃣ years ago today, the first #Libertadores Superclásico took place in La Bombonera!
🔷🔶 On that night, @BocaJrsOficial defeated @RiverPlate with a brace by Alfredo Hugo Rojas. pic.twitter.com/pHjmKSxFUb— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) March 24, 2020
Both sides advanced from the first round, with River qualifying for the 1966 final, falling to Peñarol 4-2 in the deciding tiebreaker match in Santiago.
Whenever these two sides meet, history takes center stage, and all of that history started somewhere.