AFP SEBASTIAO MOREIRA
Santos qualified for a pure Brazilian final in the Copa Libertadores Cup, after winning 3-0 at home to Boca Juniors in the second leg of the semi-final last night.
After a goalless draw in Buenos Aires, Santos was the better side, striking the post in the first minute, before taking the lead after a quarter of an hour.
A cross pass hit the arm of a Boca player and everyone waited for the referee’s decision, but Diego Petuca hit the back of the net.
Winger Jefferson Sutildo doubled the lead four minutes into the break with a right-footed shot into the ceiling.
Three minutes later, Lucas Braga made it 3-0.
Boca’s bad night was completed with Frank Fabra sent off in the 56th minute.
Santos won the Copa Libertadores title for the last time in 2011, when he included Neymar among his ranks, while Palmeiras has missed the title since 1999.
Santos will play local rivals Palmeiras, who qualified over Argentine River Plate, in the January 30th final at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The tournament was suspended for several months due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and for the first time since 2016, an Argentine team has not qualified for the final.