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Genoa, Italy, Offers To Host Second Leg Of Copa Libertadores Final

Genoa, Italy, offered to host the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, "stressing the role immigrants from the city had in founding the two Buenos Aires clubs," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. CONMEBOL is due to meet both clubs on Tuesday to "discuss rescheduling and the venue." The first leg at Boca's stadium ended 2-2. The Genoa city government confirmed in a statement on Monday that it had written to the clubs offering to host the game. Genoa Sports Dir Stefano Anzalone said, "We would be very proud to host important clubs like Boca and River in our city by welcoming them in what, in some ways, is also their first home" (REUTERS, 11/26). In N.Y., Rory Smith reported Tuesday's meeting will decide "when -- or if, really -- the game will go ahead." Boca is reportedly "discussing possible legal challenges if the resolution is not to its liking" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/26). In Madrid, Andrés Burgo reported although "he did not make it explicit," Boca President Daniel Angelici "wants River to be sanctioned with the loss of points," and for Boca to be declared the winner of the final without the second leg being played (EL PAÍS, 11/25).