Copa de la Liga final: who’s playing and how to watch it

Estudiantes de La Plata and Vélez Sarsfield are set to face off to claim the first title of Argentina’s football season

The 2024 Copa de la Liga is set for its grand finale as Estudiantes de La Plata and Vélez Sarsfield face off on Sunday. The decider, set to be played at the Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero, kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know.

Who’s playing in the Copa de la Liga final

While Estudiantes and Vélez are outside of the traditional Big Five, the two boast a long history of local and international success. Estudiantes has won 15 titles — including four Copa Libertadores titles — and Vélez 16, with a Libertadores and Intercontinental double in 1994 as its highlight wins.

After beating Barracas Central in the quarters, Estudiantes reached the final after beating Boca Juniors on Tuesday. Being 1-0 down for most of the game, the Pincharrata tied in the 76th minute after Xeneize defender Cristian Lema conceded a penalty and was sent off for a kick to Tiago Palacios’ face. In the penalty shoot-out, Estudiantes goalkeeper Matías Mansilla saved two to send his team to the final.

Red cards are something Vélez have accrued plenty of experience recently, having players sent off in both its quarterfinal and semifinal duels. In the semi against Argentinos Juniors, the Fortín held on to a 0-0 draw while playing with 10 men from the 14th minute before winning it in the ensuing penalty shoot-out.

It will be the 176th clash between these two sides. Vélez leads the head-to-head tally with 65 wins to Estudiantes’ 60. Nicolás Ramírez will be the final’s referee.

How to watch the Copa de la Liga final

As with all Copa de la Liga playoff games, the final will be played on neutral ground, but with fans from both sides. The venue will be the Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero.

Ticket sales will start at 3 p.m. on Thursday through site Deportick, but only for members of both clubs. Any remaining tickets going to neutral fans will become available at a later date.

Prices will range from AR$15.750 (US$ 17,95 at the official rate, US$15 at the MEP rate) for club members and AR$31.500 for the populares — the pitch-end seats — to AR$31.500 and AR$$47.250 (US$ 53,87 and US$45) for the pitch-side stands, known as plateas.

Both clubs have offered travel packs, with planes and bus rides to and from the stadium and tickets for club members. For those hoping to catch the game from home, ESPN Premium and TNT Sports will broadcast it, as well as subscription streaming services Flow, DirecTV Go, and TeleCentro Play. In all cases, a cable TV subscription and the additional Pack Fútbol is required.


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