The Saints On Tuesday, the Brazilian got his first win in group C of the Cup
Liberators by beating a fragile 5-0 The
strongest Bolivian, who remains blank after three games and increasingly away from the eighth.
Last year’s runner-up retaliated for the two defeats suffered against Barcelona and Boca Juniors with a round match that he solved in the first half with goals from Marinho, in the first minute, Gabriel Pirani and Vinícius Balieiro. Lucas Braga, in the 59th minute after a play by Marinho, and Kevin Malthus, in the 83rd, would close the score with the fourth and fifth goals for the Brazilians, who were coming off a negative streak of results forgotten today.
The Bolivian team was inoperative and only seemed to wake up from its lethargy in the final stretch of the match, when the Uruguayan Castillo and the Spanish Pastor crashed balls into the sticks.
Santos is thus re-engaging in the fight for the round of 16 of the most prestigious football club tournament in America with these first three points in this difficult Group C, which they lead with six Boca and Barcelona, opponents tonight. The Strongest, bottom, is very touched with three defeats in the same number of days.
Santos put a solution to his points drought on the fast track, in the first minute of play. Pirani sent a pass to the far post from the left flank that Marinho caught with his right to open the scoring. Better impossible start for a Santos who still continues with Marcelo Fernandes as interim coach after the resignation of Argentine Ariel Holan a week ago.
The Strongest tried to put pressure on the rival’s field, but the Brazilians managed with extreme ease to develop their style of play. Jean Mota and Pirani did what they wanted in midfield. And the pivot Vinícius Balieiro, 21, showed that he had the lungs to work on defense and participate in attack.
Only Brazilian striker Willie Barbosa, since January last year in the aurinegro box, bothered something behind the São Paulo side.
The runner-up, far superior tonight, patiently looked for a second blow, which came through Pirani in the 26th minute. It was the second goal in the first team of this 19-year-old attacking midfielder that is being uncovered as one of the sensations at this start of the season.
The third goal came in the 43rd minute, on a personal move by Vinícius Balieiro, who stole in the center of the field, drove to the area and defined perfectly.
The second part was a mere formality and even so Lucas Braga increased the income by scoring the fourth goal for the Santista team.
Uruguayan center-back Gonzalo Castillo was about to score the goal of honor for the Bolivian team, but his shot crashed off the post. Spanish winger Fran Pastor also ran into wood.
In the end it was Santos who was more accurate and completed the ‘little hand’ through midfielder Kevin Malthus, another young pearl of the base of only 18 years. Again, the youngsters from the prolific Santos quarry to the rescue.