Defending champ Santos reaches Copa semifinals
Defending champion Santos defeated Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield on penalties to advance to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores.
Alan Kardec scored in the 78th minute to give Santos a 1-0 victory in the return leg and force a penalty shootout in Santos, Brazil. Velez won the first leg last week 1-0 in Buenos Aires. Under tournament rules, no extra time was played with the decision coming immediately on penalties. Santos won 4-2 with Kardec, Ganso, Elano and Leo converting. Velez’s Hector Canteros shot over the crossbar and Santos keeper Rafael stopped Emiliano Papa’s attempt.