8 October 2018
Twelve Thai boys and their football coach, who were dramatically rescued from a flooded cave in July, enjoyed a high-profile kickabout at iconic River Plate Monumental stadium on Sunday. The team, known as the 'Wild Boars', are honoured guests at the Youth Olympics in the Argentine capital after their rescue gripped the world.
The team were greeted by the president of River Plate, whose vast stadium was the site of the 1978 World Cup final. Dressed in violet jerseys with the team logo of the record Argentine champions, they faced River's under-13 team, entering the pitch to loud applause from their opponents. The boys have since been showered with invitations, among them to fly to the Argentine capital and attend the Youth Olympic Games.