The defeat in Florencio Varela last month had left Defensa y Justicia with plenty to do in Cali but two tremendous strikes turned the tables and fired El Halcón past América into the next round of the Copa Sudamericana.
Juan Pablo Vojvoda has impressed since taking over from Nelson Vivas at Defensa y Justicia and his side didn’t need to wait long to cancel out the first leg deficit at the Estadio Pascual Guerrero. Fernando Márquez lining up a free-kick from 25 yards and arrowing it into the top corner to leave goalkeeper Carlos Bejarano rooted to the spot.
With the scores level and the away goal matched, the tie hung in the balance and while América were disappointing, Felix Micolta was inches away from equalising on the night with a first half header.
Just after the hour mark, Defensa y Justicia seized the advantage as Leonel Miranda burst forward from midfield and unleashed a fierce, 30-yard piledriver that whistled into the net.
With América now needing two, the tie was wrapped up seven minutes from time when Nicolás Fernández pounced on some hesitant defending between Juan Angulo and the goalkeeper to slide in a third.
Defensa y Justicia famously defeated São Paulo at this stage last year only to be eliminated by Chapecoense in the second round, so Juan Pablo Vojvoda will be hoping to take the club even further this time.