Libertadores Cup: Neymar stars in Santos win over Internacional

March 8th, 2012 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, March 8 (IANS) Santos beat visiting compatriots Internacional 3-1 with an incredible display of speed and skill from star player Neymar In the second round of play in Group A of the 2012 Libertadores Cup.

Defending champions Santos began the Libertadores Cup with a loss against Bolivia’s The Strongest. Hungry for the team’s first win in an attempt to win back-to-back titles, Santos responded confidently with a convincing win, Xinhua reported.

Neymar scored all three of his team’s goals. His first came from a penalty in the 18th minute after Borges was fouled inside the box by Indio.

In the 54th minute, the 20-year-old drove fans wild when he weaved through the Internacional defence, dribbled the ball between the legs of defender Rodrigo Moledo and slipped a shot past the charging keeper Muriel.

Internacional was finally able to penetrate the Santos defence in the 63rd minute when Leandro Damiao redirected a pass from Oscar and knocked it into the goal.

Completing his hat-trick, Neymar demonstrated his explosive speed in the 64th minute by streaking down the middle of the field and past the Internacional defence, leaving him face-to-face with Muriel again. Veering to the left, the striker drove the ball past the helpless keeper and into the back of the goal.

The win takes Santos to second place in Group A with 3 points. Internacional also has 3 points, but Santos holds the advantage due to the direct win against Internacional as the team stands in third place. The Strongest leads the group with 6 points while Juan Aurich stands in last place with 0 points.

Santos returns to the Libertadores Cup March 13 on the road against Juan Aurich. Completing the group phase of the tournament, Santos will then receive Juan Aurich March 22, travel to face Internacional April 4 and finally receive The Strongest April 19.

The top two teams of each of the eight groups advance into the round of sixteen of the continental tournament.

Indo-Asian News Service

Related Stories

    Posted in Uncategorized |