Europa League champions Sevilla and Copa Sudamericana winners Independiente del Valle face each other in the “Club Challenge” tournament, a new intercontinental clash launched by UEFA and CONMEBOL on Friday.
As part of the cooperation agreement between the European and South American confederations, the pilot edition of the match between the Ecuadorian and Spanish teams will be played on July 19 at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville.
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“The Club Challenge is a one-off match played over 90 minutes. There is no extra time, so if the score is tied at the end of regular time, it goes directly to penalties,” CONMEBOL said in a statement. “The winners will receive a plaque and medals specially designed for the occasion,” it added.
This edition will be called “Antonio Puerta XII”, in honor of the former Sevilla player who died in 2007 at the age of 22 after cardiac arrest.
The Finalissima, in which the winners of the men’s and women’s European Championships compete against the Copa America holders, is also part of the cooperation agreement between the governing bodies.
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