SAmerican soccer still wary after successful final in Madrid

Published 7:43 a.m. ET Dec. 10, 2018

MADRID (AP) — The Copa Libertadores finally came to a conclusion, without incident.

River Plate fans peacefully celebrated the team’s triumph over Boca Juniors as the city of Madrid showed it is possible to successfully organize the high-profile game between two of the South American continent’s fiercest rivals.

But there were doubts the happy ending at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium would prompt many changes after one of the greatest debacles in South American soccer history.

“To be honest, sometimes it seems like we are incapable of learning,” Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “I don’t think we will be able to take much from what happened in this stadium, from how the fans behaved here. Hopefully we will learn a lot, but it seems like we are incapable of learning. It seems that if this final happens again in a few years, we won’t be able to play it…

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