After 210 minutes of football and Independiente playing 140 of those with ten men, there was still nothing between Grêmio and El Rojo and so the 2018 Recopa ultimately came down to Martín Benítez’s missed penalty in the Arena do Grêmio.
One week after Independiente were left to rue the VAR decision to send off Emmanuel Gigliotti during the first half of the 1-1 first leg draw, the same ill-discipline and use of technology came to haunt Ariel Holan’s side.
Copa Libertadores champions Grêmio had enjoyed the better of the first half on their own patch with Independiente looking to play on the counter but the tie was once again swung in the favour of the Brazilians minutes before the break. Somewhat controversially referee Enrique Cáceres failed to award Independiente a free-kick for a clear offside but as play continued and Grêmio attacked, Fernando Amorebieta left a boot in the chest of Luan while clearing the ball.
¿ERA PARA ROJA?#RecopaxFOX | Amorebieta levantó imprudentemente la pierna golpeando a Luan, y a través del VAR el árbitro expulsó al defensor. RT: No era para roja FAV: Si era para roja pic.twitter.com/1Ucvz565Yu
— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) February 22, 2018