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Copa Libertadores

  • 14 June 2012
  • • 06:20
  • • Estádio Urbano Caldeira, Santos, São Paulo
  • Referee: Marcelo de Lima Henrique
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Santos - Corinthians Preview: Neymar & Co. look to continue Copa Libertadores defence against rivals

Santos - Corinthians Preview: Neymar & Co. look to continue Copa Libertadores defence against rivals

Ivan Storti - Santos FC

The two rivals will compete against one another in South America's premier club competition for the first time and there is a place in the final at stake

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SANTOS

Rafael
Henrique, Edu Dracena, Durval, Juan
Anderson, Arouca, Elano
Ganso
Alan Kardec, Neymar
CORINTHIANS

Cassio
Alessandro, Chicao, L. Castan, F. Santos
Ralf, Paulinho
Danilo, Alex
Jorge Henrique, Emerson

Muricy Ramalho will stick with his 4-3-1-2 formation and has been resting players in recent league games, as has Tite for Corinthians, ahead of the Classico Alvinegro.

Ganso could make a dramatic return after undergoing knee surgery last month, which ruled him out of Brazil's recent friendlies. The playmaker has recommenced training in the past few days and could be in line to start for Santos against their Paulista rivals.

Henrique will likely continue as a makeshift right-back as Jorge Fucile remains sidelined through injury. Rafael and Neymar, however, are available after returning from international duty, with the latter likely to start alongside Alan Kardec in attack.

Tite has decided to select a team that could play without a reference point in attack. The pacy duo of Jorge Henrique and Emerson will look to exploit the ageing Santos defenders by running in behind and stretching the defence. Ralf or Paulinho will be tasked with the duty of keeping Ganso's time on the ball to a minimum.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Of their 301 meetings, Corinthians possess the better win ratio over their Paulista rivals with 122 victories compared to Santos' 96.
  • The Timao are the reigning Brazilian champions, having secured the 2011 title with a 0-0 draw against Palmeiras on the final day of the season.
  • Corinthians have never won the Copa Libertadores but were crowned world champions in 2000. They qualified for the inaugural Fifa Club World Cup as Brasileirao winners.
  • Santos came out on top the last time these two sides met. Ibson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win in the Peixe's Paulista-winning campaign this year.
  • Despite the huge amount of times that these clubs have met, they have never before gone head-to-head in the Copa Libertadores.
  • Santos are the reigning Libertadores champions. They defeated Penarol 2-1 on aggregate in last year's final.
  • Whoever progresses will face either Argentine giants Boca Juniors or impressive Chilean outfit Universidad de Chile in the final.

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Available Squads
1RafaelGoalkeeper
-Edu DracenaDefender
4DurvalDefender
4JuanDefender
-AroucaMidfielder
-HenriqueMidfielder
16ElanoMidfielder
8GansoMidfielder
29AdrianoMidfielder
11NeymarStriker
31Alan KardecStriker
-AranhaGoalkeeper
-LéoDefender
-Bruno RodrigoDefender
-Gerson MagrãoDefender
-MaranhãoDefender
7Felipe AndersonMidfielder
-BorgesStriker
-W. RenteríaStriker
-DimbaStriker
12CássioGoalkeeper
-AlessandroDefender
3ChicãoDefender
5Leandro CastánDefender
6Fábio SantosDefender
5RalfMidfielder
8PaulinhoMidfielder
12AlexMidfielder
20DaniloMidfielder
-ÉmersonStriker
23Jorge HenriqueStriker
-Julio CésarGoalkeeper
15MarquinhosDefender
31Ramon de Morais MottaDefender
22WeldinhoDefender
14Wallace Defender
10DouglasMidfielder
-WillianStriker
31LiedsonStriker
9ÉltonStriker

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