Thursday, 6 December 2007

Arsenal Win Copa Sudamericana

Arsenal de Sarandi claimed their first Copa Sudamericana title, defeating America of Mexico on away goals after a 2-1 loss last night in Buenos Aires.

In an ill-tempered match, which yielded seven yellow cards and two red, America took the lead mid-way through the first half: Christian Diaz putting through his own net.

America then took the aggregate lead after sixty-three minutes, Juan Carlos Silva firing an unstoppable shot past Mario Cuenca in the Arsenal goal.

Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a string of saves to keep America in front, but not even he could stop Martin Andrizzi's well placed shot in the eighty-fourth minute, which sent the home crowd into raptures, as Arsenal took the lead via the away goals rule.

America had run out of the steam and were unable to mount a serious attack in the remaining minutes. Their frustration boiled over, with both Duilio Davino and Lucas Castroman sent off with one minute remaining for serious foul play.

The dramatic nature of Andrizzi's strike summed up a tournament that has certainly seen its fair share of late drama and is hopefully just a precursor of the sort of quality that will be on show at the Copa Libertadores next year.

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