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Copa Libertadores final all square

Copa Libertadores final all square
Argentina National Football Team - Armani - Atahualpa - Club Atlético Independiente - Copa Libertadores - Independiente Del Valle - Manchester - Quito - Rosario Central - São Gabriel
July 21
03:192016

A late goal saw Independiente del Valle salvage a 1-1 home draw against Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

Nacional were on track for a hard-fought 1-0 away win against Independiente but Arturo Mina scored from a set-piece in the 87th minute in front of a capacity crowd at Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito.

Independiente started the game brightly and could have taken the lead inside the opening minutes but failed to force Nacional goalkeeper Franco Armani into an early save.

Armani was then forced into action in the 21st minute when a dangerous free-kick was directed towards goal by defender Mina, but Nacional's shot-stopper managed to collect the threatening effort.

Independiente pushed for a vital equaliser in the second half but struggled to find a way past Armani, with the Argentine goalkeeper making a crucial save off a free-kick in the 63rd minute.

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