Athletic from Paraná of Brazil became champion of the South American Cup 2021 this Saturday afternoon, after defeat 1 to 0 in the final at Red Bull Bragantino, from the same country. The duel was played as a single match at the Centenario stadium in Uruguay.
The only goal of the match was scored Nikao (a true pearl of definition) at 29 minutes into the first half. It’s about the second South American to conquer Paranaense in its history, after the one achieved in 2018. In this way equals Boca and Independiente line, the top winners of the competition.
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The triumph in the Uruguayan capital will allow Athletico Paranaense to play the Copa Libertadores 2022 and the Recopa Sudamericana.
Copa Sudamericana: Nikão, the author of the goal in the final
Author of the winning goal in the 2021 South American Cup final, played this Saturday in Montevideo, Brazilian midfielder Nikão assured that Athletico Paranaense won the international tournament title because he knows how to play these contests.
“We learned to play this type of competition, kill by kill, we matured over the years, we already know how things work”Said the 29-year-old midfielder at the end of the final against Red Bull Bragantino at the Centenario Stadium.
With a nice scissors, in the 29th minute, Nikão gave the championship to Paranaense, the second in this competition after winning in 2018. “It was a very fast moment, decision makingBut the credit goes to the team, for a great job done by the technical commission ”, he said.
“The institution deserves it, the fans deserve it for being here, in another country,” he added. “Now to celebrate a lot and thank God for this moment,” he closed.