Independiente one step away from Copa Libertadores miracle

Ecuadorian little guy’s Independiente del Valle have defied all odds, defeating Boca Juniors 2-1 in their first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final.

It’s been a rapid rise for Independiente del Valle, who have been underdogs throughout the whole tournament.

The Copa Libertadores is the South American equivalent to the European Champions League, which hosts the best teams from the continent.

Independiente somehow managed to knock-off Boca rivals and current Copa champions River Plate, causing shock-waves in Argentina.

They are only the fourth Ecuadorian team to make the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament, and will refuse to stop believing.

Despite Boca Juniors scoring first through  Pablo Perez’s low drilled shot, Independiente hit back after Bryan Cabezas Segura hit a stunner into the top corner.

Independiente’s continued press and pressure paid off and forced Boca’s mistake, scoring through their top scorer Jose Angulo.

Boca lost for the first time after being ahead in the Copa Libertadores since 2013 (28 games).

The return will be played on the 15th of July at La Bombonera.

It’s not quiet Leicester City, but this certainly has the potential to be one of the greatest Cinderella stories South American football has ever seen, 

Ari Charilaou