Copa Libertadores

Santos win Copa Libertadores

June 23, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet

Santos have claimed their first piece of continental silverware since Pele's era in the 1960s as they triumphed 2-1 over Penarol in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

Santos triumphed at home to hold the Copa Libertadores trophy aloft
GettyImagesSantos triumphed at home to hold the Copa Libertadores trophy aloft

Rewind: The Santos Globetrotters

Star striker Neymar scored just after the half-time interval, while Danilo added a second midway through the second half to all but secure victory for the Brazilians. A late own goal from Durval kept the visitors in the contest, but urged on by their home fans, Santos clung on to win.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 47th minute and Danilo made it 2-0 in the 69th, helping Santos win its third title, matching Sao Paulo for the most by a Brazilian team. It hadn't lifted the trophy since Pele led the team to consecutive titles in 1962 and 1963.

With Pele watching from the stands, Neymar opened the scoring with a firm low shot into the near corner, using the side of his right foot to slot the ball past goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa. For his goal, Danilo dribbled past his defender on the edge of the area and fired a low shot across Sosa, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Playing at home, Santos were in a strong position to take out the title after holding Penarol 0-0 in the first leg in Montevideo. The Uruguayans were after a slice of history themselves, as they were aiming for their first Libertadores title in 24 years.

After the game, Neymar knelt on the ground and wept as he said: "It's the happiest day of my life. I made history. We deserved this title, it's time to celebrate."

Even Pele was at a loss for words, as he celebrated with the new generation of Santos players on the pitch after the final whistle.

"We have to thank these young guys for giving us this title," Pele said.

The night was not all about celebration, though, as a series of kicks and punches were thrown by both sides in an ugly melee following the final whistle.