A look back at: The first Libertadores Superclásico in La Bombonera

54 years later, we relive the first ever Libertadores meeting between Boca Juniors and River Plate

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.

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. 

 

 

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