Emotional Independiente coach Antonio Mohamed declared himself delighted with his club's Copa Sudamericana victory, as the Rojo penalty shoot-out victory over Goias gave 'El Turco' the first trophy of his managerial career.
In a packed Libertadores de America Independiente overturned a two goal disadvantage to defeat the Brazilians 5-3 on penalties, with Facundo Parra scoring twice and adding a shootout goal to become an instant hero in Avellaneda. Speaking after the match as the stadium exploded, Mohamed affirmed that he expected nothing less when he took over two months ago.
"I hope that this party never finishes. It is an enormous joy and you want to celebrate it forever," the coach told reporters as his players did a lap of honour round the pitch.
"When we arrived here we said that we had to win a cup. We did it and I hope that now we can be recognised for it."
The team rode their luck on their way to the title, coming from behind several times in ties and on more than one occasion progressing via away goals. 'El Turco' however insisted that Independiente were worthy champions.
"I believe that we were deserved winners. Our legs failed us in the final but we were able to bounce back, we scored three time and after we held on until the end. We also eliminated the best teams, we deserve this title."