- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Buenos Aires fans seldom tire of watching their two most famous clubs face off.

That’s just as well, because River Plate and Boca Juniors will be meeting for the third time in 12 days on Thursday in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores’ last 16 at Boca’s La Bombonera stadium.

River won the first leg 1-0, courtesy of a penalty by Uruguay’s Carlos Sanchez. That came four days after Boca defeated River 2-0 to go top of Argentina’s first division.

It’s the match of the year in Argentina with the winner over the two legs facing Sao Paulo or Cruzeiro in the quarterfinals of Latin America’s top club competition.

“We certainly hope to advance,” Boca coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena said. “We are Boca, and we’re playing at home before our own fans.”

Boca is likely to push hard for a goal from the first minute. Boca’s starting goalkeeper Agustin Orion is nursing a left leg injury and could be replaced by Guillermo Sara.

Look for River to sit back and defend, maybe catching Boca on the counter-attack and scoring a valuable away goal.

River has the edge and will advance with only a draw. The away-goal rule is being used. Boca needs to win by two goals or more to advance. It will go to penalties if Boca wins 1-0.

“We’ll certainly be looking to score at La Bombonera,” River coach Marcelo Gallardo said. “That would force them (Boca) to score three goals.”


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