Video: It all kicks off at the Santos v Penarol Copa Libertadores final
Full-time: time for kick-off
Remember the moral outrage that Barcelona and (predominantly) Real Madrid reduced the semi-final of Europe’s premier club competition to a game of handbags and theatrics? Well, things are done a bit differently in South America.
The second-leg of the Champions League-equivalent Copa Liberadores final took place yesterday between Santos and Penarol. The Brazilian side emerged 2-1 winners on the night and on aggregate.
But after the final whistle it all got a bit brawly as players, coaches and a few fans decided to re-enact West Side Story.
The two sides ended up in a mass of flailing arms and legs as Santos attempted to celebrate their victory.
“A [Santos] fan entered the field and provoked us,” Penarol forward Alejandro Martinuccio said. “They have to learn how to celebrate, we had accepted the loss.”
Unsurprisingly, Santos saw things a little differently.
“They were a worthy opponent, but they don’t know how to lose,” Santos defender Leo said.
Meanwhile, Chelsea fans got the chance to see that if they get hold of 19-year-old sensation Neymar – a goalscorer in the match – they would be getting a player who’s not afraid to put his foot in.
Video via 101GG.Photo via (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)