Boca Juniors filled their entire stadium for a training session

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Fixtures don’t get much bigger than Boca Juniors versus River Plate.

And when Argentina’s two biggest rivals are facing off in the final of the Copa Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the Champions League – it’s doubly true.

To ram home the point that this is a big occasion, Boca fans made it a full house as their team took part in a training session at the famous Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires ahead of this weekend’s game.

Indeed, such was the interest in the open training session that officials were forced to close the gates and put out a call for no more fans to make their way to the stadium.

Boca face River at their rivals’ El Monumental stadium on Saturday, with the tie all square at 2-2 after the first leg.

Boca Juniors fans wait to enter the Bombonera stadium
Fans were left queuing in the street as the stadium doors had to be closed (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Argentinian authorities have been attempting to tackle the problem of fan violence in the country – and the rivalry between Boca and River is one of the fiercest in world football.

With fans denied a chance to go to the game instead packed in to the Bombonera on Thursday, footage from reporters showed the stadium physically shaking.

Carlos Tevez, center, of Argentina’s Boca Juniors is embraced by a fan
A fan ran on the pitch and embraced former West Ham striker Carlos Tevez (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

The former Manchester United and Manchester City man shepherded the fan away from the officers and embraced him before introducing him to his team-mates.

The winners of Saturday’s game will take home the trophy, a place in the World Club Cup and perhaps the ultimate in bragging rights.

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