El Halcón, as Defense and Justice is known in Argentine football, won the Copa Sudamericana by beating Lanús three to zero (3-0) in the final match played at the Mario Kempes stadium in Córdoba. The triumph earned him access to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores 2021, his second in a row, and a place in the Recopa Sudamericana 2021.
Those led by Hernán Crespo, Argentine soccer idol and the fourth highest scorer of the national team, managed to surpass his rival (also Argentine) in all facets of the game to win his first international title after four appearances in the Copa Sudamericana.
Adonis Frías, at 34 minutes, opened the account for the ‘Defe’ by taking advantage of a ball that was loose in the defensive area of Lanús to send the ball to the back of the nets.
The second goal came 62 minutes into the game. Alexis Pérez, Lanús defender, sent the ball to his goalkeeper and the pass was intercepted by Braian Romero who did not hesitate to avoid the rival goalkeeper to take the ball to the net.
The 3 to 0, arrived on the aggregate of the commitment (90 + 2). Rafael Delgado took a ball from the left and crossed to the area where Washington Camacho, who was unmarked, scored the goal that sealed the victory for those led by Hernán Crespo.
Crespo, revalues his work as a coach
Hernán Crespo arrived at Defensa y Justicia for the 2019-2020 season after leading Modena Football Club, of the Italian second division, and Banfield in Argentine football.
However, the performance obtained in the season earned him so that other clubs, among them Independiente de Avellaneda (Argentina), have been interested in his services.
At the international level, and according to various Chilean media such as El Mercurio, Crespo joins the list as a possible candidate to lead the Chilean team after the departure of Colombian Reinaldo Rueda.
Braian Romero, a story of resilience
After concluding the meeting, the player Braian Romero rose as the best of the game. This 29-year-old forward scored a total of 10 goals that allowed him to rise as the top scorer of the tournament.
“It’s what a player dreams of since he was a kid. Be the champion of an international cup and enjoy the moment. It took me a lot to get here, I sacrificed a lot like everyone else, “Romero told the media at the end of the meeting.
Additionally, Romero was one goal away from tying the record of Chilean Eduardo Vargas (who scored 11 goals in the 2011 South American Cup), remaining in the same section with fellow Chilean Humberto Suazo, who added 10 goals in the 2006 tournament playing for Colo Colo (Chile).
But the title achieved by Romero, beyond serving to adorn the showcase of the club founded in 1935, served him personally as a kind of revenge with life. This player, 9 years ago, was about to leave the sport after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis that prevented him from walking.
After being away from the courts for more than a year and a half, a period in which he was under medication, the player managed to recover little by little clinging to faith. After his return to football, he wore the colors of Colón, Argentinos Juniors, Independiente (in Argentina) and Atlético Paranaense de Brasil before arriving at Defensa y Justicia.