Copa Libertadores: Banfield advance with a stoppage time decider

The first small Argentine success of this year’s continental football occurred on Tuesday night, when Banfield visited Quito to take on 2016 finalists Independiente Del Valle (who aren’t from Quito, but whose own stadium isn’t big enough to host CONMEBOL matches). The first leg ended 1-1 last week, and Banfield struck first tonight thanks to a spectacular free kick from Jesús Dátolo. Goals from Maxi Bareiro and Billy Arce Mina seemed to have handed the tie to Independiente Del Valle, but as the referee’s watch ticked into stoppage time, Mauricio Sperduti smashed in to make it 2-2 on the night, 3-3 on aggregate, and send Banfield through on away goals. They’ll face either Nacional of Uruguay or Chapecoense in the third (and final) qualifying round. There are highlights (an unofficial video, I’m afraid) right here.


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