Santos beats Deportivo Tachira, advances in Libertadores Cup

17:34, April 21, 2011      

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At home in the final and decisive round of group play of the 2011 Libertadores Cup, Santos convincingly beat Venezuela's Deportiva Tachira 3-1 on Wednesday, roaring into the round of 16.

Santos took an early lead in the 4th minute. Neymar's shot from the far left side was deflected by defender Rouga, fooling keeper Sanhouse and floating into the goal. Santos' second goal came in the 13th minute when a wide-open Jonathan pelted a ball that sailed into the back of the visitors' net.

Returning to the second half, Desportivo Tachira scored in the 69th minute when Chacon's free kick flew over the defensive wall of Santos' players, touching the extended hand of keeper Rafael into the Santos goal.

Santos reacted quickly and scored once more in the 72nd minute. Unable to handle a great pass from Neymar, Ze Eduardo tapped the ball off to Danilo who did not waste the opportunity to seal the win.

Head coach Muricy Ramalho lived up to his promises of knowhow and expertise, guiding a troubled Santos into the round of 16. Santos finished second in Group E and will face Mexico's America in the knockout stage.

Source: Xinhua
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