BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Modest Argentine club Arsenal won the first title in their 50-year history on Wednesday when they scored a late goal to win the Copa Sudamericana final against Mexican club America.
Although they lost Wednesday’s second leg 2-1 at home, Arsenal won on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.
America were leading 2-0 and set to win the trophy until substitute Martin Andrizzi forced his way through the defence to score in the 83rd minute.
The Mexican team’s frustration boiled over when Duilio Davino and Lucas Castroman were sent off following an ugly scuffle in the 89th minute.
America went ahead in the 18th minute when Arsenal defender Christian Diaz turned Oscar Rojas’s cross into his own goal.
Arsenal responded with a flurry of attacks as Jose Calderon twice hit the post and Andres San Martin’s header was superbly turned away by America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
America went 2-0 ahead on the night and 4-3 on aggregate when German Villa lofted a high ball into the area and Juan Silva volleyed the ball past Mario Cuenca in the 64th minute.
The goal shook the hosts who replied with long-range shots from Alejandro Gomez and Andrizzi, which Ochoa did well to stop.
Arsenal’s pressure paid off in the 83rd minute when San Martin found Andrizzi in the penalty area.
The substitute controlled the ball with his back to goal and, despite being off-balance, forced his way past three defenders and scored in the far corner.
Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Greg Stutchbury