Friday 23 March 2018

Brawl mars Santos glory

Brazilian club Santos won the Copa Libertadores for the first time since the Pele era, beating Uruguay's Penarol 2-1 in the second leg of the final and on aggregate before post-game celebrations were marred by a brawl between the two sets of players.

Neymar put Santos ahead in the 47th minute and Danilo made it 2-0 in the 69th, before an own goal in the 80th brought Penarol back into the contest.

A brawl started after the match as Santos celebrated, with Penarol players going after the Brazilians and both sides exchanging punches and kicks until police came in to intervene.

"A (Santos) fan entered the field and provoked us," Penarol forward Alejandro Martinuccio said. "They have to learn how to celebrate, we had accepted the loss."

A couple of Santos players were hit and stayed on the ground after the fight, but none were seriously injured. Penarol players later calmed down and came back to receive their runners-up medals.

Santos took their third title having won back-to-back titles in 1962 and 1963 when a young Pele led the attack.

Now the star was Neymar, who said: "It's the happiest day of my life, I made history. We deserved this title."

Irish Independent

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