Ecuador's Liga de Quito and Brazil's Fortaleza will play in the Copa Sudamericana soccer final

Players of Ecuador's Liga Deportiva Universitaria celebrate at the end of the game against Argentina's Defensa y Justicia during a Copa Sudamericana, second leg semi-final soccer match at Nestor Diaz Perez stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Ecuador's Liga de Quito and Brazil's Fortaleza will play for the Copa Sudamericana title on Oct. 28 in Uruguay.

The Ecuadorians advanced on Wednesday after a goalless draw with Argentina's Defensa y Justicia in Buenos Aires. Liga won the first leg 3-0 at home last week.

Fortaleza reached the decider after 2-0 win against local rivals Corinthians on Tuesday. The first leg ended 1-1 in Sao Paulo.

Liga won the tournament in 2009 after beating Brazil's Fluminense in a two-leg final.

Fortaleza's historic win made it the first team from Brazil's impoverished Northeast region to play an international club final.

The decider of South America's second most prestigious club tournament will take place in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este, outside the capital Montevideo.

The 20,000-seat Domingo Burgueño Miguel Stadium is more than 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) from the cities where Liga and Fortaleza are based.


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