Boca beats Pumas in shootout to win Copa Sudamericana

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Argentina goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri saved two penalties and converted one for Boca Juniors to beat Mexico's Pumas UNAM 4-3 in a penalty shootout for the Copa Sudamericana title on Sunday.

The second leg of the finals finished regulation time at 1-1, the same score as the first leg on Dec. 6.

In the penalty shootout, Abbondanzieri caught shots by Leandro Augusto and Joaquin Beltran, while Gerardo Galindo smashed his against a goalpost. Gonzalo Pineda, Martin Cardetti and Bruno Marioni scored for Pumas.

Pumas 'keeper Sergio Bernal also blocked shots by Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Martin Palermo, but Federico Insua, Rolando Schiavi, Marcelo Delgado and Abbondanzieri scored.

The title crowned a memorable centennial year for Boca, which became the fourth team in the world to win 15 international trophies after Argentina's Independiente, Spain's Real Madrid, and Italy's Milan.

Earlier in the week, Boca won its 21st national championship, and in July it won the Recopa Sudamericana.

On a windy night before 50,000 spectators, Boca seized possession, and delivered long passes from midfield to forwards Palermo and Rodrigo Palacio.

Insua's free kick in the 31st minute found a rising Palermo, who kicked it in with his heel.

Pumas equalized in the 54th off a penalty kick through Marioni, given for a hand ball by Schiavi.

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