2011 Copa Libertadores final


The Copa Libertadores final in 2011 featured two of the famous names from the early years of the competition. Brazilian side Santos won the Libertadores in 1962 and 1963 and Peñarol from Uruguay won the competition five times between 1960 and 1987 making them the third most successful side in the history of the competition despite the fact that 2011 is the first time they have even passed the quarter-final stage since they last won the competition 24 years previously.


Peñarol Uruguay 0-0 Santos Brazil
Santos Brazil 2-1 Peñarol Uruguay
Winner: Santos Brazil

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg the Copa Libertadores final went down to the final game at the Estádio do Pacaembu in São Paulo, making the Brazilian side strong favourites to win the title given the fact that Peñarol had not won any of their four previous games. Brazilian teenage sensation Neymar scored the first goal of the final two minutes into the second half and Danilo extended the lead in the 69th minute. Peñarol pulled a goal back with ten minutes left through a Dorival goal however they couldn't prevent the Santos from winning their third Copa Libertadores title and their first since they won the tournament back-to-back in 1962 & 1963. The celebrations were spoiled after a mass brawl where the Peñarol players faced up to the Santos players, coaching staff and a number of Santos fans who had invaded the pitch.

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