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The best fights from the Superclasico

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The best fights from the Superclasico

Boca Juniors vs River Plate has always been a derby that is characterised by the fight and determination shown by the players. Throughout the history of the fixture, including friendlies, sometimes that boils over though. The result leads to things getting a little out of hand between the Buenos Aires-based rivals.

There were insults, shoves and headbutts in this famous games that was interrupted by the rain as Boca defeated River 2-0 with two goals from the Chilean, who was sent off by Hector Baldassi for a different incident.

Graciani blasted his opponent with a strong right hand during the game between the sides in Velez on July 27, 1989 and was shown a red card without hesitation. Daniel Passarella went to protest and was also dismissed in his last game as a professional.

The great rivalry isn’t only on display when the sides meet with three points or cup glory at stake in competitive games but even in friendly fixtures. That was evidenced in 2012 when Alejandro Dominguez and Pablo Ledesma clashed in the first half of a friendly. Chori ended up seeing red for it and the River man then even tried to assault the official.

River didn’t have their best sporting time of it in 2011 and visited Boca looking to stave off relegation fears but in added time and with Boca winning 2-0, things got seriously out of hand and insults and clashes broke out all over the park. As Almeyda left La Bombonera, he fought with two policemen who were trying to protect him after he kissed the River crest in front of Boca fans.

Once again, a friendly match resulted in insults and kicks being thrown. This time, Driussi was attacked and his aggressors Benedetto and Insaurralde were sent off, while Pablo Perez and Ricardo Centurion soon joined in the scuffles. The game was played in January 2017 and was won 2-0 by River, while both coaches were also sent to the stands.

Credit: Marca

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