Boca Juniors and River Plate washed out by torrential rain
Football fans worldwide tuned in to witness a certain match at Old Trafford on Sunday as Manchester United took on fierce rivals Liverpool.
But across the Atlantic a few hours later in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires, a worldwide audience were anticipating Boca Juniors’ clash with their sworn enemies, Club Atletico River Plate.
The game, known as the ‘SuperclÃƒÂ¡sico’, is always a passionate affair, alive with floods of noise and colour emanating from the stands. The flood in this case, however, was more literal.
River Plate went into the game with the advantage in the League, sitting in 11th place, whilst Boca were in lowly 18th.
Prior to kick-off, with the pitch looking worse for wear, referee Hector Baldassi ordered the goal-lines to be repainted as torrential rain continued to fall in the Argentine capital.
But despite the treacherous conditions, the match got underway at just after 3pm local time, with Boca having the better of the early exchanges.
Nine minutes into the derby Boca were awarded a free kick in their own half. It was played up to Juan RomÃƒÂ¡n Riquelme just outside the box, but the 31-year-old lost possession as one of the many puddles that had formed got the better of him. River were able to clear.
Following this, the referee swiftly grabbed the ball and decided with the captains, Hugo Ibarra and Marcelo Gallardo, that the game should be suspended. The weather wasn’t getting any better and the game was suffering with the ball sticking to the surface.
Regardless of when the match is rescheduled for, the SuperclÃƒÂ¡sico between these two sides is a must-watch for football fans. The level of football may not be quite up to the standards of a Manchester United - Liverpool encounter, but these clashes are simply a football festival fuelled by passion up in the stands and an intense rivalry down below.
In April 2004, The Observer put the SuperclÃƒÂ¡sico at the top of their list of “50 sporting things you must do before you die”, saying that “Derby day in Buenos Aires makes the Old firm game between Celtic and Rangers look like a primary school kick-about.”