Peru’s Universitario win first U-20 Copa Libertadores



Universitario players celebrate after winning the first edition of the Under-20 Copa Libertadores in Lima, Peru, on Sunday. (Photo: Vidal Tarqui/Andina)

Peruvian Universitario de Deportes beat Boca Juniors of Argentina in a penalty shoot-out to win the first edition of the Under-20 Copa Libertadores in Lima on Sunday.

La U defeated favorites Boca Juniors 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 with Alvaro Ampuero opening the scoring for the home side at 22 minutes and Gaston Rossi scoring for the tie early in the second half.

The match, played at Monumental Stadium in front of a 40,000-strong crowd, was an even match, with notable scoring opportunities for both sides throughout the 90 minutes.

The first edition of this U-20 club competition was played in Lima, Peru, with the participation of 12 teams, including Mexico’s America and Peru’s Alianza Lima who placed third and fourth, respectively.

Sergio Unrein of Boca Juniors and Cristofer Soto of Alianza Lima shared the top scorer’s award with four goals each, while Universitario star Edison Flores was crowned the tournament’s best player.

See El Comercio’s best photos from the match