Monday, 9 May 2011

Campeonato Paulista A1 - Final First Leg

Corinthians 0-0 Santos

Neymar twice hit the woodwork as Santos and Corinthians finished goalless in the first leg Paulista final at the Pacaembu. Neymar, currently one of the form players in Brazilian football, created the best scoring chances but came up just short on each occasion. His 23rd minutes shot hit the right post creating the space and firing an angled shot from close range which beat Julio Cesar in the Corinthians goal but just clipped the post and away to safety. Neymar was a constant thorn in the Corinthians' side and his shot hit the crossbar with fifteen minutes to go.

Santos are in the middle of a busy spell, returning from Mexico after qualifying for the last eight of the Libertadores on Tuesday night they lost Paulo Henrique Ganso to injury at half time and Elano didn't last the distance either. Corinthians, who exited the Libertadores in disgrace back in February had their best chance when Liédson hit the bar with five minutes to go. While Santos go to Colombia in midweek to face Once Caldas, Corinthians will be sat at home with their feet up waiting for the return at the Vila Belmiro next weekend. A draw will not result, as in the past, with Santos being crowned champions as the higher placed team but the final will go to penalties instead at the conclusion of 90 minutes.

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Santos v Corinthians (Sunday 15th May, 2000 BST)

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