River Plate’s Copa Libertadores victory means that they have qualified for the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi and they could face Real Madrid for the first official time in the final.
The clubs have met nine times before for friendlies but they have never gone head-to-head in a game of importance.
On River’s side of the draw Al-Ain and Team Wellington will face each other with the winner taking on Esperance of Tunisia, and then the victor of that game plays the Argentine side.
Madrid take on the winners between Chivas and Kashima and so based on the quality of the squads, there is a big chance that Solari’s team could take on River in the final.
The final is due to be played on December 22nd and if River did get to the final then there would be sure to be plenty of passion. For Exequiel Palacios it would be a special match as he has been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu while others like Enzo Perez and Ponzio have played in Spain with Valencia and Zaragoza, respectively. Pinola and Santos Borre were also at Atletico Madrid.
Quintero was linked to Madrid last summer and showed his quality in the Copa Libertadores final, but his move to the Bernabeu was never completed.
Meanwhile, Solari played for three seasons at River before moving to Atletico Madrid.
Friendly games between River and Real Madrid:
23-12-1951. Chamartín. Real Madrid 3-4 River Plate
15-8-1958. Monumental. River Plate 0-1 Real Madrid
14-6-1961. Bernabéu. Real Madrid 2-3 River Plate
8-8-1965. Monumental. River Plate 0-0 Real Madrid
25-8-1965. Olímpico Universitario de Caracas. River Plate 1-1 Real Madrid
1-9-1965. Bernabéu. Real Madrid 3-1 River Plate
29-8-73. Bernabéu. Real Madrid 3-1 River Plate
29-5-94. Malvinas Argentinas. River Plate 1- 4 Real Madrid
23-9-2003. Bernabéu. Real Madrid 3-1 River Plate