Football: Defensa y Justicia fans celebrate Sudamericana Cup title win
25 January 2021 | 9:00 am
Hundreds of football fans of Argentina's Defensa y Justicia gather outside the team's headquarters to celebrate their Sudamericana Cup win, which is also the club's first international trophy.
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