Boca Juniors face Santos tonight at La Bombonera in the second Copa Libertadores, semi-final stage. Can they Buenos Aires club avoid the same shock as their neighbours, River? Make sure you know how to watch a Boca Juniors vs Santos free live stream.
Free live stream
UK football fans can watch a Boca Juniors vs Santos live stream free on the BBC through BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website or by using the red button. Make sure to use a VPN if you’re a UK citizen trying to from abroad. In the US, cable subscribers can watch on BeInSports or without cable on FuboTV. DAZN offers paid access in parts of Europe.
This is actually the end of the 2020 edition of the competition, the group stage of which was halted in March due to the global pandemic, with the final due to be held on 30 January – more than a year after the first game – at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Both sides beat teams from their own country to reach this stage. Three-time champions Santos – with whom Pelé won this competition in 1962 and 1963, and Neymar in 2011 – qualified first with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Grêmio.
Boca, captained by former Champions League winner Carlos Tevez, followed at the end of last month with a 2-1 win over Racing Club de Avellaneda.
The six-time winners have now reached this stage four times in the past five seasons, and will be looking to banish memories of their final loss to rivals River Plate in 2018. Victory at the end of the month would see them equal Independiente’s record of seven Libertadores titles.
Kick-off in this semi-final first leg is at 22:15 GMT on Wednesday evening in the UK, or 19:15 local time in Buenos Aires.
Read on to find out how to watch a Boca Juniors vs Santos free live stream, wherever you are in the world.
Watch a Boca Juniors vs Santos live stream for free
The BBC has the rights to air the Copa Libertadores final and semi-finals in the UK, and it’s worth remembering that you can enjoy the coverage for free from abroad too as a UK national using a VPN.
Boca Juniors vs Santos will be available on UK TVs using the Red Button or through the BBC iPlayer app which you can view on a smart TV, tablet, smartphone or through your browser.
You can also watch a Boca Juniors vs Santos live stream on the BBC Sport website using any smart device.
Watch a Boca Juniors vs Santos live stream abroad using a VPN
Even if you have access to the BBC, you won’t be able to watch it when outside the UK without a VPN. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as NordVPN.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
Boca Juniors vs Santos live stream free in the US
BeIn Sports is the rights holder for Boca Juniors vs Santos and the rest of the Copa Libertadores for the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. You can subscribe to the channel through your cable or satellite provider in the US and watch online through the BeIn Sports Connect player.
The FuboTV app is available on smart TVs, games consoles, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and all mobiles, tablets and laptops.
Going to be outside the country this weekend? You can use a VPN to watch from abroad as if you were back at home in the States.
Boca Juniors vs Santos live stream in Europe
Eurosport and DAZN split the majority of the Copa Libertadores TV rights across Europe and you can watch the coverage for a relatively low monthly subscription fee through the DAZN app and the Eurosport Player.
For those in Albania, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, it’s Eurosport. Viewers in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, San Marino and Switzerland need DAZN. People watching in France will need Canal+ and for Portugal it’s Sport TV.
Copa Libertadores fixtures
Times are in GMT and ET.
Tuesday 5th January
River Plate vs Palmeiras (semi-final, first leg) – BBC Sport 00.30 GMT (on 6th), 19.30 ET
Wednesday 6th January
Boca Juniors vs Santos (semi-final, first leg) – BBC Sport 22.15 GMT, 17.15 ET
Tuesday 12th January
Santos vs Boca Juniors (semi-final, second leg) – BBC Sport
Wednesday 13th January
Palmeiras vs River Plate (semi-final, second leg) – BBC Sport
Saturday 30th January
Copa Libertadores Final TBC