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Independiente del Valle overcome all odds to win Copa Sudamericana

Cristian Dajome and Federico Lertola
The Copa Sudamericana final on Saturday was interrupted for over half an hour by a tropical downpour.

In the end, there was late drama and a historic result for a historic occasion. Tiny Independiente del Valle of Ecuador beat Colon of Argentina 3-1 to win the Copa Sudamericana, South America's equivalent of the Europa League.

In place of the traditional home-and-away, two-legged decider, the element of chance was introduced this year to both the Sudamerica and the Libertadores in the shape of a one-off final on neutral ground.

For a while, the local football authorities must have feared that the...