Athletico win Copa Sudamericana in style

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Athletico Paranaense have won their second Copa Sudamericana title, beating Red Bull Bragantino 1-0 in an all-Brazilian final.

Nikao scored the only goal of the game in the first half with an acrobatic scissor kick that earned his club South America's equivalent of the Europa League.

The trophy, won in front of a sparse crowd at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo on Saturday, came three years after the Curitiba-based club first won the same title.

Athletico are now the only Brazilian team to win the title twice.

Next Saturday Flamengo take on Palmeiras in the same stadium in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.

It was the first time two Brazilian clubs had contested the Sudamericana final and based on league form Bragantino were slight favourites.

Sitting nine places and 11 points ahead of their rivals in Brazil's Serie A, Bragantino started stronger with Tomas Cuello coming close twice in quick succession around the 20-minute mark, the first almost surprising the goalkeeper direct from a corner kick.

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