In the past few weeks Neymar has garnered a lot of attention from top European clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid, and on Wednesday night he showed them why he would be worth the near €40 million it would cost to sign him. The exciting young Brazilian striker opened the scoring in tight second leg of the Copa Libertadores final with a clinical first touch finish following a lovely dribbling display and pass from Arouca. A second goal was added by Danilo, who unleashed a left footed strike past the outstretched arms of Penarol keeper Sebastian Sosa after some brilliant passing from another Santos wonderkid Paolo Henrique Ganso. Santos would concede an own goal from Durval, but Santos would hold out to claim victory in the Copa Libertadores for the first time since Pele’s squad had done so in 1963.
Post-match celebrations were put on hold as the affair turned ugly just shortly after the final whistle. A Santos supporter ran onto the pitch and seemed to taunt the defeated Penarol players who responded by attacking the Santos supporter and players alike. Police were called onto the field after numerous punches and kicks were exchanged by both sides. Several Santos players were down after being struck, but none were seriously injured. Penarol eventually returned to the pitch and claimed their well-earned runners up medals. Despite the ugly incident, it could not stop the exuberant Santos fans from celebrating their victory.