Tue, 18 May 2021

BRASILIA, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's Defensa y Justicia were crowned Recopa Sudamericana champions on Wednesday after beating Brazilian side Palmeiras 4-3 on penalties.

Weverton and Luiz Adriano both missed their spot-kicks while Enzo Fernandez, Eugenio Isnaldo, Miguel Merentiel and Adonis Frias converted each of Defensa's four attempts in the shootout.

Midfielder Raphael Veiga put the hosts ahead in the second leg by converting a 22nd-minute penalty, before Braian Romero equalized with a low finish after combining with Francisco Pizzini.

The hosts suffered a major blow in the 68th minute when Matias Vina was shown a straight red card for violent conduct.

Marcelo Benitez gave the Argentine side a 2-1 advantage - leveling the aggregate score at 3-3 - with a 94th-minute strike.

Defensa y Justicia were also reduced to 10 men in extra-time when Romero was shown a straight red card for a bad challenge in the 98th minute.

The Recopa Sudamericana is South America's version of the UEFA Super Cup. Palmeiras qualified as champions of the Copa Libertadores - the region's premier club competition - while Defensa y Justicia won the 2020 Copa Sudamericana - the equivalent of the Europa League.

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