Boca, Corinthians prepare for showdown
Argentine giants Boca Juniors are looking to win the Copa Libertadores for the seventh time as they prepare to entertain Brazilian counterparts Corinthians in the first leg of the final on Wednesday.
Boca are the favourites in what will their tenth appearance in the final of South America's elite club competition, with veteran playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, now 34, the reference point.
The Buenos Aires club's coach Julio Cesar Falcioni is expected to stick with the same team that saw off Universidad de Chile in the last four for the game which will be played at Boca's emblematic stadium, La Bombonera.
In their hunt for a seventh continental crown, Boca are looking to match the feat of fellow Argentines Independiente, but they will not take their opponents lightly.
Corinthians had never previously gone past the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, but the Sao Paulo side proved their credentials this year by beating Neymar-inspired holders Santos 2-1 on aggregate in the last four.
The reigning Brazilian champions, coached by Tite, also beat Vasco da Gama in the quarterfinals and have not lost a game on their run to the final.
They will be hoping to make sure the final remains alive before the return leg, at their own Pacaembu stadium on July 4.