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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Neymar, Borges and Danilo Lift Santos to Club World Cup Final

Santos defeated Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 in the first Club World Cup semifinal on Wednesday thanks to spectacular goals from Neymar, Borges and Danilo. The match showcased Santos’s finishing accuracy and aptly illustrated how the philosophy of Brazilian football hinges on attack as opposed to defense. Coach Muricy Ramalho remarked that Santos would need to produce a much better display against Barcelona in the final if, indeed, Barca beat Al-Saad in the other Club World Cup semifinal. Santos will take heart from the way their star players Neymar, Ganso and Borges go into the final in scintillating form. Neymar, in particular, illustrated his brilliance yet again by running at the Kashiwa Reysol defense or sidestepping it completely, as in the case of the first goal. Neymar seems to gain confidence with every international match. Now, Santos need a match winning performance from Paulo Henrique Ganso to feel confident of victory in the final.

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