Sunday, May 13, 2012
Santos Wins Sao Paulo's Paulista Championship For Third Consecutive Year
Santos were crowned champions of Sao Paulo's Campeonato Paulista, also known as the Sao Paulo Paulista Championship, for the third consecutive year after beating Guarani 4-2 in the second leg of the final. Santos beat Guarani 7-2 on aggregate after securing a 3-0 victory in last Sunday’s opening leg. Neymar set up the first goal by splaying out a pass to Elano on the right edge of the penalty box, who subsequently found Kardec lurking on the left. The 20 year old Santos striker also scored from a magnificently taken penalty kick in the 8th minute, and from a right footed shot in the penalty area in the 71st minute. Neymar has now scored a total of 108 goals for Santos. Today's brace adds to the margin by which Neymar has surpassed Joao Paulo and Serginho Chulapa, both of whom scored 104 goals for Santos. As of last Thursday’s match against Bolivar in the Copa Libertadores, Neymar earned the distinction of the most prolific striker for Santos in the post-Pele era by scoring two goals en route to an 8-0 Santos victory.