Boca Juniors came from behind to hold AZ Alkmaar before claiming the trophy at La Bombonera on penalties.
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Boca Juniors delighted the Estadio Alberto J. Armando 'La Bombonera' in Buenos Aires by beating AZ Alkmaar on penalties to win the Under-20 Intercontinental Cup.
A year ago, UEFA Youth League holders Benfica travelled to Libertadores Sub-20 winners Peñarol and prevailed 1-0 in the inaugural edition. This time, though, it was the South American hosts that got the better of the European visitors despite AZ leading at half-time.
42' Deflected Kwakman strike gives AZ lead against run of play
52' Ignacio Rodríguez forces Owusu-Oduro save
58' Mastoras own goal levels scores
Shoot-out Díaz Robles saves twice, Fascendini wins it
Match in brief
Backed by a lively 37,386 crowd at La Bombonera, Boca had most of the early possession, while AZ lost Nick Twisk to injury within 20 minutes. Mauricio Benítez sent a header wide as Boca camped in AZ territory, so it was rather a surprise just before half-time when Walter Goes found Dave Kwakman, whose long-range shot took a deflection off Lautaro Di Lollo and flew past Sebastián Díaz Robles.
Despite that setback, Boca kept up the pace early in the second half. The two-goal hero of their Libertadores Sub-20 final win against Independiente del Valle, Ignacio Rodríguez, twice went close, the second chance a solo run followed by a shot saved by Rome Jayden Owusu-Oduro. Just before the hour mark, the AZ goalkeeper was beaten as a crossed Benítez free-kick was turned into his own net by Enoch Mastoras under pressure from Nahuel Génez.
The game ended up in a penalty shoot-out, and Díaz Robles saved from both Maxim Dekker and Kees Smit before Valentín Fascendini converted to clinch victory for Boca.
Sebastián Díaz Robles, Boca goalkeeper: "I've been at Boca since I was six years old, I see this and it's crazy! This is Boca and Boca win finals!"
Lewis Schouten, AZ defender: "It was a difficult match. We came through on penalties in the Youth League [semi-final against Sporting CP]. It can happen, we stick together, we are family. It's tough, there aren't many words. Today we didn't shoot the penalties well."
Boca Juniors: Díaz Robles; Acosta, Di Lollo, Fascendini, Génez; Benítez (Ramallo 68), Gauna, Ceballos; Saralegui (R Rodríguez 73), I Rodríguez (Simomi 73), Rivero (Vázquez 80)
AZ Alkmaar: Owusu-Oduro; Goes, Dekker, Schouten; Mastoras (Van Aken 62), Twisk (Postma 18, Smit 46), Kwakman, Stam; Addai (Koster 84), Meerdink, Poku