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Sevilla vs Independiente del Valle UEFA CONMEBOL Club Challenge preview

The fixture is the pilot edition of the Club Challenge – a match between the UEFA Europa League holders and the winners of the CONMEBOL Sudamericana – and part of the expansion of the cooperation between UEFA and South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL.

The Club Challenge is a one-off fixture played over 90 minutes. There is no extra time, so if the tie is level at the end of regulation time, it goes straight to penalties. The match is considered a friendly, both clubs having agreed to unlimited substitutions with three scheduled stoppages in line with UEFA club competition regulations.

Sevilla beat Roma 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the 2022/23 Europa League final – the club’s seventh success in the competition (two in the UEFA Cup, five in the Europa League). Independiente del Valle, meanwhile, beat Brazil’s São Paulo 2-0 in the final of the 2022 Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana – Los Negriazules’ second title in the competition.

Sevilla are currently preparing for the 2023/24 campaign but Independiente del Valle are in the middle of their season, which runs from February–December 2023. The Ecuadorian side are enjoying a fine 2023, having finished the first stage of their league season in first place while they topped their Copa Libertadores group, booking a round of 16 tie with Colombia’s Deportivo Pereira in August as a result.

They also won the Recopa Sudamericana (the equivalent of the UEFA Super Cup), beating Brazilian giants Flamengo on penalties to become the second Ecuadorian club to win the trophy, and the Ecuadorian Super Cup for the first time in February.

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