One month on from Nicolás Stefanelli’s late winner against Chapecoense in Florencio Varela and much has changed at Defensa y Justicia. Under new management and with several players no longer at the club, El Halcón were unable to complete the job and instead slumped to a penalty defeat after losing 1-0 over 90 minutes.
First leg goal scorer Stefanelli along with Alexander Barboza, Jonás Gutiérrez and Agustín Bouzat have all since left but most importantly manager Sebastián Beccacece has been replaced by Nelson Vivas.
Making his competitive debut with a much changed side away to Chapecoense was always likely to be difficult for Vivas and so it proved as Túlio de Melo’s thumping first half header levelled the tie.
The visitors did have chances but were second best for large parts of the game before referee Daniel Fedorczuk blew for full time signalling a penalty shootout.
With the Brazilians flawless from the spot it was left to goalkeeper Jandrei to be the hero, saving from Mariano Bareiro and Daniel González.
Defensa y Justicia were always big outsiders in the tournament but will be disappointed to see Chapecoense await either Palestino or Flamengo in the last 16.
Chapecoense 1 – 1 Defensa y Justicia (AGG 1-1)
Chapecoense 4-2 on penalties