Before the match, Maradona has commented about the bad state of the River Plate Pitch. Although, his team played very badly, still they emerged out as a winner by beating Columbia with 1-0 during the last qualifier held on 10th June. Once again Maradona expressed his unhappiness with the River Plate Pitch during the 2-0 won against Colombia in Ecuador.
But, River Plate is not in a mood to forget everything, as they have also left no stone unturned to settle their scores with Maradona in the form of Boca Juniors. Maradona has played for this club and supports too. The River authorities have demanded the contract as well as the proof of psychological test which Maradona has undergone by the Argentine Football Association.
Julio Grondona, AFA President were apologized over the rude remarks of Maradona. Grondona said, “It’s all about a Boca and River issue in which the River people are complaining about some remarks made by a fervent supporter of Boca.”
Argentina desperately wants to recover their position by recalling the brilliant Boca playmaker, Juan Roman Riquelme, who quitted the national team due to the harsh remarks by Maradona.
Grondona also stated that, “Also, if possible we’ll make a move to have Riquelme back,” he further added, “It’s not a request of Diego’s, I haven’t spoken to him about this. But who wouldn’t want him back. I sent Riquelme a few hints, he’s a good kid.”