Independiente claim Copa glory
Independiente claimed victory in the final of the Copa Sudamericana after defeating Brazil outfit Goias 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday.
The Argentinian side claimed a 3-1 home triumph in the second leg to take the final to extra time and penalties after Goias won 2-0 in the first meeting a week ago. The away goals rule is not enforced in the final.
Defender Julian Velazquez fired Independiente ahead after 19 minutes but Rafael Moura headed home to level for Goias just three minutes later.
But Facundo Parra was the hero for the Argentinians, restoring the hosts' lead on 27 minutes before adding his second of the night before the break.
Goias came close to winning the cup in normal time after the break but Rafael Toloi was unlucky to see his header hit the post.
After extra time ended goalless, the penalty shoot-out reached its denouement when Felipe struck the post for Goias, paving the way for Eduardo Tuzzio to slot home the winning kick and seal Independiente's first continental title since 1995.
"We suffered a lot but it's worth it," Independiente defender Lucas Mareque said. "We have put Independiente back to the place in history the club deserves."
Captain Carlos Matheu added: "We played the first half in great form. We had many chances but scored only three. In the second half we failed to score, but Goias played very well. Luckily, the trophy will stay at home."