River vs Boca ends with seven reds after 15-minute brawl follows 90+3 winner
Seven red cards were shown following a 15-minute brawl on the pitch during a blockbuster Superclasico showdown between River Plate and Boca Juniors on Sunday (May 7).
River Plate, who sit top of the Argentine Primera Division table as they go in search of a 38th domestic crown, were visited by Boca Juniors who have little hope of retaining the title for a 36th triumph – with 83,000 fans in attendance.
Having won 11 of their previous 14 league outings, River were the huge favourites at the Estadio Mas Monumental – but left it late with a 90+3 winner before tempers boiled over.
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Miguel Borja scored the only goal of the game from the spot before players and staff from both clubs joined in with a 40 man brawl as security and officials tried and failed to stop the anger from escalating.
As fans in the stadium let off flares and chanted for their respective sides, River boss Martin Demichelis, formerly of Manchester City, managed to calm things down before counterpart Jorge Almiron was dismissed for his own actions.
Although it was unclear who was the original aggressor, referee Dario Herrera showed out as many as three red cards to Agustin Palavecino, Ezequiel Ignacio Centurion and Elias Gomez of the hosts.
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A further three were shown to Boca stars Miguel Merentiel, Ezequiel Fernandez and Nicolas Valentini, with additional time running until 90+19.
River captain Enzo Perez said after the game: "Terrible madness came out from all sides, and luckily we were able to keep three important points in a Superclasico.
"It is not good for the spectacle. There were a lot of people who got involved from both sides, the coaching staff, players who were not in the squad.
"We try to separate, calm down, so that some go one way and others the other, but when there are so many people who don't have to be on the pitch, with the nervousness from outside, it's difficult."
Former Manchester United man Sergio Romero had been at the heart of the scuffle, with Demichelis telling the media after the contest that the passion for the game caused the ruckus that involved his goalkeeper.
He said: "Sometimes the passion overcomes everything because of how the result was given. In Argentina we can't stand losing – (we'd rather) let them kill us."
The Superclasico has been played on 258 occasions since the first in 1913, with Boca winning 90 of those meetings to 84 for River and 83 draws. A 2010 report estimated that 70% of Argentine football fans are split between the two clubs.
Boca are traditionally known as the working class or the people's club, with River linked to a supposedly upper-class support base – despite both clubs having a mixture of all fans.
One of the most fierce derbies in world football, there a was brief break in their clashes after River were relegated for the first time in their history in 2011. Since their promotion the following year, River have won four of their five cup meetings, winning two league titles to Boca's five.
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