Rumored Atlanta United target Ezequiel Barco had a big night on Wednesday, scoring for Argentine club Independiente to help them lift the Copa Sudamericana against Brazilian club Flamengo.
With Independiente trailing 1-0 at a sold-out Maracana, Barco stepped to the spot and converted a penalty kick to equalize late in the first half. The result stood, giving Independiente a 3-2 aggregate win over their Brazilian rivals and the Copa Sudamericana title.
One goal down in the final, at a sold-out Maracaná, 18-year old Ezequiel Barco picked up the ball to convert a penalty and win Independiente the Copa Sudamericana 2017https://t.co/ydJrzBnFwu— Mr. Numbers (@Mister_Numbers) December 14, 2017
Argentine outlets have reported that the final was Barco’s last game for the club and that he’ll soon join Atlanta on a $12 million move.
The 18-year-old Argentina Under-20 international downplayed the transfer talk on Wednesday night.
“Right now I want to enjoy this very important moment and then we shall see,” he said. “We are delighted with this great triumph and to be champions. I dedicate the goal to my grandfather who recently passed away.”