November 18, 2019
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Ecuador’s Independiente win rain-interrupted Sudamericana final

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Unheralded Ecuadorean side Independiente del Valle overcame a rain-sodden pitch to beat Argentina's Colon 3-1 and win the Copa Sudamericana on Saturday in a final interrupted for over half an hour by a tropical downpour.

Soccer Football – Copa Sudamericana – Final – Colon de Santa Fe v Independiente del Valle – General Pablo Rojas Stadium, Asuncion, Paraguay – November 9, 2019 Independiente del Valle players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Copa Sudamericana REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

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ASUNCION: Unheralded Ecuadorean side Independiente del Valle overcame a rain-sodden pitch to beat Argentina's Colon 3-1 and win the Copa Sudamericana on Saturday in a final interrupted for over half an hour by a tropical downpour.

The game kicked off a new era which will see South American club competition finals follow the European model and be played over one match in a neutral venue but it was an inauspicious start.

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Dark clouds gathered over the Nueva Olla stadium at kick-off and a violent thunderstorm broke out shortly afterwards, making the pitch unplayable within minutes.

Play was interrupted on the half hour just after Independiente had taken the lead with the help of the conditions.

A free kick was floated into the Colon area and Fernando Leon's downward header landed in a puddle and slipped through goalkeeper Leonardo Burian's hands and into the net.

Shortly after the re-start Independiente struck again when Jhon Sanchez burst down the left and his shot was deflected in off Emanuel Olivera.

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Colon's unhappy evening was complete when Luis Miguel RodrRead More – Source

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