Arsenal bags Sudamericna trophy, first in 50 years

Updated: 07 December 2007 12:14 IST

Andrizzi scored an 84th-minute goal and lightly regarded Arsenal de Sarandi of Argentina won the Copa Sudamericana for its first title in 50 years.

Arsenal bags Sudamericna trophy, first in 50 years

Buenos Aires:

Martin Andrizzi scored an 84th-minute goal and lightly regarded Arsenal de Sarandi of Argentina won the Copa Sudamericana for its first title in 50 years of existence on Wednesday, despite a 2-1 loss to America in the second leg of the final.

Thanks to the strength of a 3-2 first-leg win on Friday in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, Arsenal - which reached the first division for the first time four years ago - finished 4-4 on aggregate but claimed the title on away goals, Argentina's fourth in the six years of the Copa Sudamericana, second-most prestigious team tournament after the Copa Libertadores championship.

"It was difficult. America played very well and scored two goals quickly. Luckily we could turn things around, thanks God," said Andrizzi after frenzied cheering rocked the Buenos Aires stadium where the second match of the two-leg series was played.

"This was a dream goal," he added. "I told my playing buddies that I was going to make a goal and that's what happened."

America led 2-0 on a 17th-minute own-goal by Cristian Diaz and appeared to have clinched the title in the 63rd when Juan Silva struck a right-footed volley between the near post and America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

But after several near misses, Arsenal scored the clincher when Andrizzi settled a ball from Andres San Martin near the top of the penalty area, turned and worked his way through three America defenders before losing his feet.

Andrizzi scrambled almost catlike before recovering the ball with his right foot and then booting with his left into the net just past the diving Mexican goalkeeper.

Thousands in the 40,000-seat Buenos Aires stadium thundered to life after Andrizzi's goal and the team later took a victory lap around the field, lofting the trophy high in celebration.

Arsenal is one of the lowliest of Argentine first-division clubs, never able to win a first-division title in its 50-year history. America, by contrast, has won numerous Mexican league trophies and six CONCACAF titles, among other achievements.

America finished the rough-and-tumble match two men down after the late expulsions of Duilio Davino and Lucas Castroman for rough play.

Arsenal coach Gustavo Alfaro said his team, which had muffed several scoring chances earlier in the match, had won a well-deserved trophy.



Topics : Football Arsenal
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