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2016 Copa Libertadores, Quarterfinals
  • Ismael Sosa (16', 18')
  • Junior Sornoza (66')
  • Luis Ayala Brucil (56')
2nd Leg - Tied 3-3 on aggregate - Independiente del Valle advance 5-3 on penalties
2nd Leg - Tied 3-3 on aggregate - Independiente del Valle advance 5-3 on penalties

Independiente del Valle upset Pumas to advance to Copa Libertadores semis

Independiente del Valle players celebrate OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images

Independiente del Valle have guaranteed their spot in the Copa Libertadores semis after defeating Pumas UNAM on penalties in Tuesday's quarterfinal second leg.

The unfancied Ecuadorian side lost 2-1 at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario but with the aggregate result tied at 3-3 the match went to penalties.

Pumas appeared to be cruising in the first half, with a three-minute brace from Ismael Sosa putting the hosts well in control.

The contest then looked to be over in the 56th minute when Los Negriazules defender Luis Ayala was shown a straight red card for a late foul.

Junior Sornoza, however, brought the visitors back into the tie with a brilliant free kick on 66 minutes, before Arturo Mina slotted the decisive penalty in the 5-3 shootout triumph.