Santos crowned Libertadores kings
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Brazilian giants Santos have won the Copa Libertadores with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Uruguay's Penarol in the final. After a goalless first leg in Montevideo last week, second-half strikes from Neymar and Danilo helped Muricy Ramalho's side lift the trophy for the third time.

Santos, who have claimed the trophy for the first time since 1963, dominated the first half without finding a breakthrough, Durval heading Elano's free-kick just wide and Leo also just off target. But Neymar broke the deadlock early in the second period after good work from Arouca, and Danilo doubled Santos' lead in the 69th minute with a neat left-foot finish after being picked out by Elano.

Penarol managed to reduce the deficit with 10 minutes remaining as Fabian Estoyanoff crossed the ball and Santos defender Durval sent it into the back of his own net. Ze Eduardo missed two glorious chances to put the game beyond doubt for Santos but they were not made to pay.

I won four Brazilian leagues but fans criticised me for not winning the Libertadores. Now they will want me to win the Club World Cup.
Santos coach Muricy Ramalho

It was a first Libertadores title for coach Muricy Ramalho, who said: "The title means a lot for us. I've won a number of titles. I won four Brazilian leagues (as coach and one more as a player in 1977) but fans criticised me for not winning the Libertadores. Now they will want me to win the Club World Cup."

Captain Edu Dracena added on Fox Sports: "We knew it was going to be a very tough match against big rivals like Penarol, but we fought a lot on the field. We were better than Penarol, but Penarol were great rivals in these finals."

Penarol forward Juan Manuel Olivera was frustrated after his club missed out on a sixth Libertadores title, and said: "I don't know if it is a fair score, but history will say Santos won. This team did the best to be champions."

Team-mate Alejandro Martinuccio added: "Santos handled the match better. The early goal in the second half killed us. "Santos are deserved winners."