SANTOS, Brazil, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Santos set up an all-Brazilian Copa Libertadores final against Palmeiras by routing Argentine giants Boca Juniors 3-0 in the second leg of their semifinal here on Wednesday.
The result at Estadio Vila Belmiro in Brazil followed a goalless draw in the first leg at Boca’s La Bombonera last week. Diego Pituca put Santos ahead in the 16th minute with a low first-time finish after Yeferson Soteldo’s long-range effort rebounded into his path off Boca defender Lisandro Lopez.
Soteldo doubled the lead just after halftime by cutting in from the left flank and curling an unstoppable shot into the top left corner.
Former Changchun Yatai striker Marinho set up Lucas Braga for Santos’ third goal, piercing Boca’s defence with a mazy run before pulling back an inviting cross from the right byline.
Boca’s night went from bad to worse when Colombian midfielder Frank Fabra was shown a straight red card for stomping on Marinho in the 56th minute.
Santos are vying for their fourth Libertadores crown while Palmeiras will bid to win South America’s premier club trophy for a second time when the teams meet at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium on January 30.
Palmeiras earned a place in the tournament decider by completing a 3-2 aggregate win over River Plate on Tuesday.