Like a fairy tale, Valley Independent he had his happy ending and won the South American Cup, the first in its history, after defeating the Columbus of Santa Fe by 3-1 in a match where the rain was the protagonist.
In the General Pablo Rojas Stadium in Asunción, Paraguay, there was a night of madness. The match began evenly, but the Ecuadorians struck first when the 25 ′ Luis León scored head-on. Minutes later, the storm forced Brazilian referee Raphael Claus to stop the game since the field was flooded.
It took about an hour for the actions to resume and again Independiente applied the dose, Jhon Sánchez put the 2-0 to take the advantage to rest.
For the second half, the Argentines had the opportunity to approach in the first minutes thanks to a controversial criminal that the goalkeeper Jorge Pinos managed to stop after Luis Miguel Rodríguez's shot.
In the final stretch of the match, the nerves appeared after the goal of Emanuel Olivera who put the 2-1 for the Columbus, but at replacement time Cristian Dájome He silenced the nearly 30,000 Argentines who made the trip to support his team.
That was how the Northern Rayados they became the second Ecuadorian team to win the continental tournament, after the Quito League achieved it in 2009, they also got their first international tournament, remember that in 2016 they lost the final of the Copa Libertadores against Atlético Nacional de Colombia.