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    Independiente del Valle's players celebrate after winning their match against Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 July 2016

On its way to the final, Independiente del Valle has won the support of its home country giving hope to many recovering from April's devastating earthquake. 

Independiente del Valle has shocked one of South America's biggest clubs, Boca Juniors, beating the Buenos Aires based team 3-2 in their home stadium.

Boca took the lead in the fourth minute when Christian Pavon capitalized on the poor defending form the Ecuadorean team.

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Luis Caicedo equalized in the 25th minute for the visitors and took the lead through Bryan Cabezas' strike in the 49th minute.

Julio Angulo then made it 3-1 in the 51st minute. Pavon added his second goal in stoppage time but it was too little too late as the small Ecuadorean club recorded a famous victory.

Independiente del Valle has donated the proceeds from tickets sales during the tournament to help those affected by the 7.8 earthquake that devastated Ecuador's coastal region in April.

So far Independiente del Valle has claimed some big scalps on its way to the final of South America's most famous club competition, including wins against River Plate from Argentina and Pumas from Mexico.

The team is the first to eliminate both River and Boca in the same Libertadores tournament, earning them the “giant killer” moniker.

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Boca captain Daniel Diaz said that his team made too many mistakes that gifted Independiente del Valle goals in both the home and away legs.

The young Ecuadorean team came off a first leg 2-1 home victory in Quito, but were faced with the difficult task of taking on Boca in its intimidating "Bombanera" stadium, where Argentine legend Diego Maradona was looking on, who previously played for Boca.

Independiente del Valle will play Atletico Nacional from Colombia in the final, with the first leg to be played in Quito on July 20 and the final leg to be held in Medellin on July 27.

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