Santos qualified for the fifth time for the final of the Libertadores Cup, when they beat Boca Juniors Argentines 3-0, joining Palmeiras, from Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira, in the final of the competition.
After the ‘null’ won in the mythical La Bombonera, the Brazilian team only needed to win and went ahead in the marker after 16 minutes, by Diego Pituca, to practically seal the passport at the beginning of the second half, with two more goals .
Venezuelan Yeferson Soteldo scored the second goal, in the 49th minute, and Lucas Braga finished the third, in the 51st, after an excellent individual play by Marinho, the most exciting player of the ‘fish’.
Santos, led by Cuca, but led by Portuguese Jesualdo Ferreira at the start of the campaign – two games in March 2020, before the pandemic of covid-19 -, will try to repeat 1962, 1963 and 2011, and was also a finalist in 2003.
In the 100% Brazilian final of January 30, at Maracanã, the third in the history of the competition, after 2005 and 2006, Santos meets Palmeiras, by Abel Ferreira, who will seek to repeat Luiz Felipe Scolari’s unique feat in 1999 , and succeed Jorge Jesus, winner in 2019 with Flamengo.
The home team went ‘big’ and almost scored before completing the first 30 seconds, in a spontaneous shot by Marinho, who hit Andrada’s right post.
Santos ended up moving to the front of the tie, in the 16th minute, with a left-footed shot, on the half turn, by Diego Pituca, after a confused play in the Boca Juniors area, with penalty requests from the Brazilians.
Until the break, the Santos team was always more dangerous and benefited from several occasions to increase the advantage, namely by Marinho and Kaio Jorge, while Lucas Veríssimo, who could reinforce Benfica, hit an opponent and was bleeding from the head, having even being watched off the field.
For the second half, Boca came with Capaldo and Buffarini in the places of Diego González and Jarra, but it was Santos who came in better, much better, with Soteldo scoring the second goal with a strong shot near the right post, in the 49th minute .
The final was more ’tilted’ for the Brazilians and sentenced just two minutes later, when Lucas Braga just pulled over, at the entrance to the small area, after a big move – one more – by Marinho, on the right.
The Argentines still threatened to reduce, in a shot by Carlitos Tévez, but ‘surrendered’ definitively shortly after, in the 56th minute, with the expulsion of Frank Fabra, who saw the red straight when ostensibly stepping Marinho.
In the last half hour, with everything more than resolved, both teams could have run the scorer again, but the 3-0 no longer moved, with Santos making the party and dreaming of repeating Pelé’s successes in 1962 and 1963 and Neymar in 2011.
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