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Santos & Peñarol involed in Copa Libertadores final punch-up

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Brazilian club Santos won the Copa Libertadores for the first time since the Pelé era on Wednesday in a match marred by a shocking post-game brawl.

Santos and Peñarol players fight after their Copa Libertadores final match
Santos and Peñarol players fight after their Copa Libertadores final match

Photo: Reuters

Santos won 2-1 on aggregate against Uruguayan side Peñarol after the first leg had ended scoreless in Montevideo.

Tensions were high throughout the second half at the Estádio do Pacaembu and ugly scenes erupted at the final whistle players and fans raced onto the pitch and staged a punch-up until police came in to intervene.

Brazil international Neymar, who is wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid, is even seen stamping on a player who has fallen to the ground.

"A (Santos) fan entered the field and provoked us," Peñarol forward Alejandro Martinuccio said. "They have to learn how to celebrate, we had accepted the loss."

Santos defender Leo said: "They were a worthy opponent, but they don't know how to lose."

A couple of Santos players were hit and stayed on the ground after the fight, but none were seriously injured.

Peñarol players later calmed down and came back to receive their runner-up medals.


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