Santos Beat Penarol To Win Copa Libertadores


Teenagers Neymar and Danilo scored the goals as Santos beat Penarol 2-1 in the second leg of the 2011 Copa Libertadores final and were crowned South American champions for the third time. The Brazilian side, also champions in 1962 and 1963, beat five-times winners Penarol of Uruguay 2-1 on aggregate at the Pacaembu in Sao Paulo after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Montevideo a week ago.

After a first half spent barely missing the net, Santos finally found the target in the second half and pulled away from Penarol. Neymar scored a brilliant goal and Danilo netted a second, equally beautiful strike to give a 2-goal lead. Neymar's goal came just two minutes after the second half kicked off. After a lightning fast build-up through the midfielder, Neymar made a quick move and buried a perfectly placed shot past Penarol's keeper. Santos kept up the pressure and Danilo made it 2-0.

With the lead staked, Santos fans began to get louder and dared to begin celebrating but Penarol wasn't done yet. They were lucky to get away with a couple aggressive tackles but settled and began attacking the Santos goal. After some sustained pressure, they finally found the net in the 80th minute thanks to an own goal from Durval. Just minutes later, Paulo Henrique Ganso shockingly missed an open net that fortunately didn't come back to hurt Santos.

Despite Penarol unloading everything and the kitchen sink at Santos for the final 10 minute, they were unable to get the needed second goal and Santos fans celebrated as their club lifted the trophy.

The match was marred after the final whistle by several pitch invaders that angered the Penarol players and set off a large brawl that lasted for several minutes and had to be subdued by police. After several different fights broke out, Peñarol players finally were ushered off the pitch and things calmed down. No matter what happened to set off Penarol it wasn't exactly a losing with class.

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