Roberto Tobar will be the referee for 1st leg of the Boca-River CONMEBOL Libertadores Final

He will be the man in charge on Saturday 10th November at La Bombonera

The CONMEBOL Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate is edging ever close. There's just eight days remaining until the first leg takes place on Saturday 10th November at La Bombonera and we now know who will be the referee: Roberto Tobar.

Tobar, who is Chilean, will joined by fellow compatriots Christian Schiemann and Claudio Ríos as his two linesmen. Another Chilean, Julio Bascuñán, will be in charge of VAR. The referee for the return leg at River's El Monumental on the 25th November is yet to be confirmed.

Tobar has refereed Boca twice in this edition of the Copa Libertadores, both in matches against Palmeiras. He oversaw Boca's 2-0 group defeat to the Brazilian side, as well as Boca's 2-0 victory over them in the first leg of the semi-finals.

He's only been in charge in one of River's matches in the current competition. River beat Independiente Santa Fe 1-0 in that match which took place during the group stages.

Who is Tobar?

The Chilean ref, who was named as the best referee in his country in both 2013 and 2014, has been a FIFA approved official since 2011. The first time he took charge of an continental fixture was back in 2014 when Atlético Mineiro faced off against Zamora in the Copa Sudamericana.

Last year he was referee for the Recopa Sudamericana - the South American version of the UEFA Super Cup - between Atlético Nacional and Chapecoense. He's also taken charge of two U17 Sudamericanos, the U17 World Cup and three matches during the last CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.