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Copa Libertadores 2020

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4 minutes ago, Mpache said:

Love him, he would've been in Europe by now if he had better decision making 

 

I think his height is what it keeps him from being taken seriously by european scouts. But yes, Soteldo is such a good player. 

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Santos' defending is ridiculous. Not luck, either. Putting bodies on the line. They want this so much more than Boca. Love it. 

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Santos are the far better side tonight, lovely goal by Soteldo, but Marinho has also been a constant threat down the right(although should have made it 4-0 a minute ago) and the team have generally played well as a unit.

But for as well as Santos have played from an attacking perspective in this second half, they have also defended very well and are putting 100% effort in. Boca just aren't in this game at all(due to how well Santos are playing) and I could see Santos furthering their lead with a few more goals.

An all Brazilian final looks likely. I will personally be cheering for Palmeiras, as they are my favourite Brazilian side, although I don't see their chances being too high as Santos have more quality about them. Anything can occur in a focal though and they certainly have a chance.

 

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1 minute ago, Carnivore Chris said:

Santos are the far better side tonight, lovely goal by Soteldo, but Marinho has also been a constant threat down the right(although should have made it 4-0 a minute ago) and the team have generally played well as a unit.

But for as well as Santos have played from an attacking perspective in this second half, they have also defended very well. Boca just aren't in this game at all and I could see Santos furthering their lead with a few more goals.

An all Brazilian final looks likely. I will personally be cheering for Palmeiras, as they are my favourite Brazilian side, although I don't see their chances being too high as Santos have more quality about them. Anything can occur in a focal though and they certainly have a chance.

 

I'm all for Palmeiras too. They've been a quite dominant force in Brazil since they came back up from Serie B, but they can't quite get that Libertadores title.

I do like Santos because of Kaio Jorge and Yeferson Soteldo but I think the narrative revolving Palmeiras is a bit better.

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Santos strolled that in all honesty. 3-0 doesn't flatter them at all. Definitely deserve the win and progression to the Maracana! Look forward to the final. 

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On 24/12/2020 at 12:53, Stan said:

All set up to be a Boca vs River final (again :D) and Boca to win in honour of Diego. How fitting would that be?!

 

Watched Boca vs Racing last night @El Profesor @Berserker. Expected more from Racing but Boca were totally dominant. Racing could barely string 3 passes together all game. Boca could have won by more than 2-0 if it wasn't for Racing's keeper. 

Villa on the left wing was good. Probably man of the match. Tevez influential too.

Boca is shit they stole the league from us but they've been shit from for more than 10 years.

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27 minutes ago, Carnivore Chris said:

Is it the final next Saturday?

It has all the makings for an eventful final.

Yeah 8pm UK time I think.

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On 23/01/2021 at 09:02, Carnivore Chris said:

Is it the final next Saturday?

It has all the makings for an eventful final.

Tomorrow. 

 

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Just now, Gunnersauraus said:

@Mpache are you watching the final tonight? Is it just one game this time?

Yes and yes.

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Match of the Day covering the Libertadores final with Tim Vickery. I maintain the best thing to ever happen to the Libertadores was that Boca - River final. It sold to people around the world that it's a tournament worth watching and full of prestige.

I don't think the single legged final is a good idea in the long term because of the issues regarding travel and team statures in South America. However, it's at least better for attracting international viewers from the USA or Europe.

I'm glad it's getting more coverage now. When I was younger it was purely a South American tournament and nothing more.

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22 minutes ago, Mpache said:

Match of the Day covering the Libertadores final with Tim Vickery. I maintain the best thing to ever happen to the Libertadores was that Boca - River final. It sold to people around the world that it's a tournament worth watching and full of prestige.

I don't think the single legged final is a good idea in the long term because of the issues regarding travel and team statures in South America. However, it's at least better for attracting international viewers from the USA or Europe.

I'm glad it's getting more coverage now. When I was younger it was purely a South American tournament and nothing more.

That final did generate a lot of interest. Unfortunately because of the delays due to the violence it got less viewers than it would of.  I actually hope that one day the world club championship can help south American football grow. Brazil and argentinians league's should really be up there with the best leagues in the world.  People forget that up until the 70s or 80s the best south American players stayed in south America. When  people say pele played in a shit league they dont realise that most of the 1970 Brazil squad played in brazil. I'm  not sure if any played in Europe. 

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Neymar and Gabriel Jesus have a dinner bet over the winner of the final. Neymar played for Santos, while Jesus was a Palmeiras player. 

 

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5 minutes to go! Let's do this!!

Shame there's no fans there :( 

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Tense & cautious I think is best way to describe that first half. It's not boring by any stretch and both sides obviously trying their best to win, neither sitting back or playing too defensively. Just not much working out for them as they push forward. Not many clear cut chances, if any.

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15 minutes ago, Stan said:

Tense & cautious I think is best way to describe that first half. It's not boring by any stretch and both sides obviously trying their best to win, neither sitting back or playing too defensively. Just not much working out for them as they push forward. Not many clear cut chances, if any.

Kind of to be expected of 2 Brazilian sides in a final to be honest, let's hope for a better second half.

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Just now, Mpache said:

Kind of to be expected of 2 Brazilian sides in a final to be honest, let's hope for a better second half.

Yes, they were just saying about conditions there as well as the sheer volume of football played already by both clubs as well.

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Just now, Stan said:

Yes, they were just saying about conditions there as well as the sheer volume of football played already by both clubs as well.

These games tend to be "tense and cautious" in Brazil whenever the stakes are high, for the reasons you mentioned and also because the Brazilian philosophy basically is looking for the mistake and not making many mistakes yourself.

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These commentators are driving me nuts.

"Boca didn't lost to Santos by 3 goals and was only a bit worse".

If you're going to lie at least make it sound true and not deny the fact Boca lost 3-0 vs Santos :dam:

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Cuca asking for VAR xD 

Think the ref had a rush of blood to the head, there. Cuca did obstruct the ball but that's not red-card-worthy!

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PALMEIRAS SCORE!!!!

 

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It's a brilliant header to be fair. Power and accuracy from Lopes.

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I think everyone is just happy we don't have to sit through 30 more minutes of this xD

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Felipe Melo is still around?! 

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Palmeiras see the game out! Winners of the Copa Libertadores!

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6 minutes ago, Stan said:

Palmeiras see the game out! Winners of the Copa Libertadores!

About time they conquer it. Been years in the making :) 

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