Arce: I want to beat Santos and make Corinthians fans happy

The Bolivia international had a fleeting spell with the Timao back in 2007, but maintained that victory over the Peixe would be a great way to show his affection for the Fiel
Bolivar striker Juan Carlos Arce is desperate to upset Santos in the Copa Libertadores last 16, revealing that his previous spell with the club's bitter rivals Corinthians was extra motivation to take down Neymar and Co.

The Bolivia international, 27, appeared for Corinthians in one of the darkest periods of their history, playing in the 2007 Brasileirao, which ended with the first relegation for the Timao. 'El Conejo' was on loan in Brazil at the time, but returned to Oriente Petrolero when the club declined to make the move permanent.

Now in Bolivar, who became the first Bolivian side in 12 years to make the Libertadores knockout stages, Arce affirmed that victory over the reigning champions would be the perfect way to repay Corinthians' famously passionate support.

"The fans, the Fiel, made more of an impact on me than anything else during the time I played for Corinthians. I still have great affection for them. I really hope to make them happy, and that way I will be happy too," the forward told Lance on Wednesday.

The Bolivian has history against Santos, having scored against the Peixe in a win back in 2007 for Corinthians.

"I remember it well, we won 2-0 and I scored the second goal with my head. Thanks to God I was able to score back then, now it is a different story, but I will try my hardest to score."

Bolivar and Santos will play the first leg of their last-16 clash on Wednesday evening in La Paz. The Peixe suffered in their last visit to the Bolivian capital, falling 2-1 to The Strongest during the group stage.