Tradition dictates that my internet connection will crash at least once, probably around halfway through the first half, so do bear with me. Anyone watching or unable to watch the first league superclásico of 2010 is welcome to join us here for up-to-the-five-minutes-or-so reaction to Boca Juniors vs River Plate. Just open this post, and periodically refresh your browser (it won’t update automatically). In a break with previous years I’m going to run the most recent updates at the top this time, so you don’t have to keep scrolling down.
Match suspended due to rain after ten minutes
10 mins: Following that comical moment, Héctor Baldassi’s grabbed the ball and seems to be discussing the captains (Hugo Ibarra for Boca, Marcelo Gallardo for River) the possibility that the game should be suspended…
9 mins: Gallardo goes in on Nico Gaitán and Boca have a freee kick in their own half. It’s played up to Riquelme just outside the box, but he’s tackled by a puddle and River clear.
7 mins: River are trying to stroke it around but the ball’s sticking in the water for both sides. In addition, the rain’s making it quite hard to make out some parts of the pitch through the raindrops on the TV camera. Last match at La Bombonera I can remember which was this difficult to watch was the 2007 Copa Libertadores semi against Cúcuta…
4 mins: Boca are kicking right to left on the TV screen and have a free kick early on as Gustavo Cabral flattens (and drenches) Martín Palermo. A bit of a wait as bunting has to be cleared from the net of River ‘keeper Daniel Vega’s goal…
AND THEY’RE OFF! Match underway at 15:10, with Boca having the very early kicks. The pitch really is in an absolutely desperate condition.
Under a Biblical deluge, the match is about to get underway at 15:05 local time. The players are kicking about on the pitch and referee Héctor Baldassi has ordered the goal lines to be repainted, having earlier suggested that if the rain remained as heavy as it was at midday, the match would have to be suspended.
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