Neymar on fire as Santos routs Bolivar
Neymar scored two goals and set up five others in Santos’ 8-0 thrashing of Bolivar on Thursday, helping the defending Copa Libertadores champion move into the quarterfinals of the Latin American club competition.
Universidad de Chile also advanced after routing Deportivo Quito 6-0 to erase a 4-1 first-leg loss, while Fluminense moved on with a 2-1 home win over fellow Brazilian side Internacional. The teams had drawn 0-0 in the first leg.
Neymar scored his 105th and 106th career goals with Santos, becoming the team’s top scorer in the post-Pele era. Santos advanced 9-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 loss two weeks ago in the high altitude of La Paz.
Neymar came into the match level with Joao Paulo and Serginho Chulapa on 104 goals since Pele stopped playing in the 1970s. Pele scored 1,091 goals with Santos.
Elano and Paulo Henrique Ganso also scored twices each, while Alan Kardec and Borges both added one.
Santos fell one goal short from its biggest win ever in the Copa Libertadores, a 9-1 rout of Paraguay’s Cerro Porteno in 1962, when Pele was still in action. The competition scoring record was the 11-2 win by Penarol of Uruguay over Valencia of Venezuela in 1970.
”I’m glad to be making history with Santos and to be doing what other great players did in the past,” Neymar said. ”I’m happy to be part of this history.”
Santos will next face Velez Sarsfield of Argentina, which on Wednesday eliminated Colmbia’s Atletico Nacional 2-1 on aggregate.
Universidad de Chile erased the 4-1 loss in the high altitude of Quito to move on to face Paraguay’s Libertad in the quarterfinals. Striker Junior Fernandes scored twice in the first half and forward Henriquez Iturra added two more after the break. Marcelo Diaz and Eugenio Mena also scored for the Chilean side.
Deportivo Quito didn’t have a single shot on goal the entire match.
Striker Fred and defender Eusebio scored a goal each as Fluminense edged Internacional in Rio de Janeiro.
Fluminense, which had the competition’s best campaign in the group stage, will face six-time Copa Libertadores champion Boca Juniors of Argentina in the quarterfinals. The two teams have already played each other in the group stage, with both teams recording away wins.
Brazil striker Leandro Damiao opened the scoring in the 14th minute at the Engenhao stadium, but Eusebio equalized in the 16th to put Internacional ahead on the away goals rule, but Fred scored the Brazilian’s second in first-half stoppage time.
The other quarterfinal will be an all-Brazilian clash between Corinthians and Vasco da Gama.
The 20-year-old Neymar, seen as the future of Brazilian football, scored his first goal from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute at the packed Vila Belmiro stadium in the coastal city of Santos. The penalty was awarded when Bolivar goalkeeper Marcos Arguello shoved Santos defender Edu Dracena.
Neymar scored his second goal from close range in the 37th, redirecting a left-flank cross by defender Juan.
Neymar nearly completed his hat trick in the second half when he flipped the ball over the goalkeeper inside the area but failed to complete the play in front of the open net.
Former Brazil midfielder Elano had opened the scoring for Santos just six minutes into the match after Neymar setup the play with a head pass.
Neymar then gave the pass for Ganso’s outstanding goal in the 28th, when the playmaker flicked the ball into the far corner with his back to the goal.
Kardec netted another in a breakaway in the 30th, and it was Neymar again who helped Santos extend its lead to 6-0 in the 50th minute as he beat a defender inside the area and fed the ball for Elano, who found the back of the net with a low shot from near the penalty spot.
After Neymar was fouled following a great run just outside the area, Ganso scored the seventh goal with a left-footed free kick in the 53rd.
Neymar started the play of the eighth goal too. He fed the ball to Ganso, who then setup Borges’ right-footed shot into the far corner of the net.