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8 vs 0
Played
May 10, 2012 11:30 PM BST
Estádio Urbano Caldeira — Santos, São Paulo
Referee:‬ M. Vázquez‎
 
6′ Elano
 
22′ (PG) Neymar
 
28′ Ganso
 
30′ Alan Kardec
 
37′ (OG) C. Martínez
 
51′ Elano
 
53′ Ganso
 
61′ Borges
 

Santos 8-0 Bolivar: Unstoppable Neymar & Ganso run rampant as champions gain La Paz revenge

The Selecao pair joined Elano in netting twice on Thursday evening, as a poor Academia side had no answer for the attacking verve and potency of the 2011 Libertadores winners

By Daniel Edwards

Ganso, Neymar e Elano - Santos x Sao Paulo
Ivan Storti - Santos FC
Ab outstanding display from Santos led the Brazilians to an 8-0 win over Bolivar in Vila Belmiro, sealing a 9-2 aggregate victory in the Copa Libertadores last-16 following an astonishing 90 minutes of football. Neymar, Ganso and Elano all grabbed two goals each as the visitors capitulated, while Alan Kardec and Borges were also on target to help the Peixe avenge their 2-1 defeat in La Paz.

Bolivar took to the Vila Belmiro field in positive fashion on Thursday evening, pressing their opponents while knowing that the key was to avoid an early goal and make it to half time with their advantage intact. Unfortunately for the Bolivians, that objective lasted for all of five minutes before Santos powered into the lead. Neymar nodded down well to Elano 30m from the net, and the midfielder did not hesitate as he rifled a trademark stunner past Marcos Arguello for the first.

The strike was a hammer blow for the away team, and an invitation to open the floodgates as resistance crumbled. A senseless shove from Arguello on Edu Dracena gave Neymar the chance to double the lead from the penalty spot, and the youngster obliged with glee. The forward turned provider minutes later, his cross turned into the net with an outrageous backheel from Ganso who took advantage of an almost complete absence of blue shirts in the penalty area.

From that point forward Bolivar looked devastated, and the match threatened to descend into farce as Santos players lined up to put the ball into the net. Alan Kardec was next to make the scoresheet, the forward scything right through the middle of the defence with a strong run before firing the ball once more past the hapless Arguello. Before the half-time whistle had even sounded, Neymar was celebrating his second and the Peixe's fifth.

The 20-year-old phenomenon added his seventh of the tournament with a delicate close-range finish, and the Celestes must have been delighted to see the first 45 minutes come to a close as their chances of making the quarter-finals crumbled around their feet.

The half time interval provided precious little respite, however, as the Brazilians came out determined to turn the screws. Neymar turned the defence inside and out on the left flank, before his low cross found Elano who rode the challenge and slotted home for his second of the evening. And in almost unbelievable scenes, Ganso's perfectly struck free kick just two minutes later marked seven for the Libertadores holders with a full 40 minutes still to play.

Alan Kardec was withdrawn for Borges, and the prolific striker wasted almost no time in joining in the festivities. An excellent interchange between Neymar on the left and Ganso in the middle diverted play to the unmarked hitman, who made it look all so easy as he racked up number eight for the rampant hosts. Borges could have even hit more, but a couple of accomplished saves from Arguello meant the last half hour passed without further goals while Santos waltzed to a place in the last-eight.

The win sends Santos through with ease to the next round of the Copa, where they will meet Velez Sarsfield. The Brazilians will be expecting a much sterner test against the Fortin, who almost made last year's final only to agonisingly exit at the penultimate stage at the hands of Penarol.


Santos

1
Rafael
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
Edu Dracena
Defender
22′
3.00
4
Durval
Defender
3.00
4
Juan
Defender
3.50
-
Arouca
Midfielder
63′
3.50
-
Henrique
Midfielder
3.00
7
Elano
Midfielder
6′ 51′ 68′
4.00
8
Ganso
Midfielder
28′ 53′ 61′
4.00
29
Adriano
Midfielder
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
6′ 22′ 28′ 37′
4.00
14
Alan Kardec
Striker
30′ 56′
3.50

Bolivar

1.50
-
2.50
-
2.00
-
3.00
-
2.50
-
2.50
-
Lizio
Midfielder
3.00
-
J. Campos
Midfielder
8′
2.50
-
R. Cardozo
Midfielder
66′
2.50
-
Walter Flores
Midfielder
2.50
-
E. Cantero
Striker
9′ 68′
2.50
-
J. Arce
Striker

Substitutes

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Vladimir
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Léo
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
7
 - 
7
Ibson
Midfielder
63′
 - 
-
Borges
Striker
56′ 61′
3.00
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
R. Quiñónez
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
23
A. Reyes
Midfielder
68′
 - 
-
 - 
-
J. Siquita
Midfielder
82′
 - 
-
 - 
-
Damir Miranda
Midfielder
66′

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Julio Dos Santos Julio Dos Santos
Midfielder
Cerro Porteño
5 3
J. Sornoza J. Sornoza
Midfielder
Independiente del Valle
4 3
Gustavo Javier Canales Gustavo Javier Canales
Striker
Unión Española
4 2
Mauro Boselli Mauro Boselli
Striker
Leon
4 1
Luis Miguel Escalada Luis Miguel Escalada
Striker
Emelec
4 0