Defending champ Santos reaches Copa semifinals

May 25, 2012, Friday/ 16:55:00

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.

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