TOYOTA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 14: Neymar of Santos Futebol Clube celebrates his goal during the FIFA Club World Cup semi final match between Kashiwa Reysol and Santos at Toyota Stadium on December 14, 2011 in Toyota, Japan.(Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Copa Libertadores 2012, Round Of 16: Santos, La U Combine For 14 Goals

Did you think Santos FC and Universidad de Chile were in trouble after first leg losses? They weren't. They both destroyed their opposition on Thursday.

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Copa Libertadores 2012, Round Of 16: Thursday Recap, Santos And La U Go Nuts

Santos FC defeated Bolivar on Thursday. Here's a sentence you have probably never read before: The home side won the match 8-0, and the score was extremely flattering to the visitors. Santos are very good, and they're going on to the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals.

Also moving on are Universidad de Chile, who pulled off a similar feat to Santos. After losing in the first leg, they dropped six goals on Deportivo Quito. In the other, more reasonable tie, Fluminense defeated Internacional.

Santos FC 8-0 Bolivar

Santos lost 2-1 in La Paz, so they were in a bit of trouble in this tie. They took the lead in the tie 7th minute with a goal by Elano. They would go on to score seven more times in the next 53 minutes. In a display of mercy, Santos basically stopped playing once they went 8-0 up in the 60th minute. The team's big stars Elano, Neymar, and Ganso all scored twice. Borges and Alan Kardec chipped in a goal apiece.

Universidad de Chile 6-0 Deportivo Quito

Deportivo Quito really woke up the sleeping bear with their 4-1 first leg win. The degree to which they dominated this match was even more ridiculous than what Santos did, even if the scoreboard doesn't reflect it. Bolivar is far inferior to Deportivo Quito in talent, and La U don't really have anyone with the individual skill of Neymar. Santos' individuals bulldozed an average Bolivar side, but La U bulldozed a quality Deportivo Quito side as a team. Their opponents did not attempt a shot. Angelo Henriquez Iturra and Junior Fernandez both scored twice, while Marcelo Diaz and Eugenio Mena both scored once.

Fluminense 2-1 Internacional

Leandro Damiao rested at the weekend and that rest paid off early, with an Internacional goal in the 13th minute, assisted by Oscar. Flu answered, however, with the other Leandro playing in the game. He headed in a free kick by Thiago Neves in the 15th minute. Just before the stroke of halftime, Flu scored the ultimate winner in the exact same way, with Thiago Neves assisting right after a free kick. This time, Flu's top scorer Fred finished off the chance to send his side through.


Copa Libertadores 2012, Round Of 16: Wednesday Recap, Boca And Corinthians Win Comfortably

Boca Juniors are one step closer to recapturing past glories with Juan Roman Riquelme leading the way yet again, while Corinthians look up to the challenge of winning the Copa Libertadores for the first time. In the best game of Wednesday night's action, Vasco da Gama defeated Lanus on penalties.

Boca Juniors 3-2 Union Española

Riquelme was at his best on Wednesday night, tallying two assists and a goal to end UE's Copa campaign. Boca was ahead 2-1 on aggregate heading into the match and struck first in the 25th minute, with Juan Insaurralde scoring the opener. That gave Boca an away goal and a two-goal lead, creating a serious uphill battle for UE. When Pablo Mouche scored a second away goal for Boca in the 49th minute, the tie was essentially over and they fell asleep a bit. Jean Paul Pineda got one back for his side in the 61st minute, but that was quickly answered by Riquelme's 67th minute strike. Sebastian Jaime rounded out the scoring for UE.

Corinthians 3-0 Emelec

Well, that was simple. When Corinthians managed a 0-0 draw away, it felt like the return leg would look something like this. Fabio Santos scored in the 7th minute for Corinthians and that felt like the end of the tie at the time. Alex and Paulinho added the other goals. Hopefully for neutral viewers, they get a bit of a challenge in the quarterfinals.

Lanus 2-1 Vasco da Gama

Lanus did what they had to do to force penalties on Wednesday, but they were thwarted by the shootout and Vasco goalkeeper Fernando. Vasco scored the vital away goal that made extra time possible for them in a loss through Nilton in the 18th minute, assisted by Juninho Pernambucano. After a poor first half, Vasco subbed on Colombian star Teo Gutierrez and things picked up going forward. Mariano Pavone scored in the 60th minute and Teo scored his first in a Lanus shirt in the 78th minute to level the score on aggregate.

Pavone almost scored the winner on two occasions late, but Fernando made two brilliant saves in the 89th minute and in stoppage time to force the penalty shootout. In the shootout, Lanus' Silvio Romero was the only player to miss as Vasco advanced with a 5-4 shootout victory.


Copa Libertadores 2012, Round Of 16: Tuesday Recap, Velez And Libertad Through

Tuesday was a surprise-free day in Copa Libertadores, with both of the big favorites advancing to the quarterfinals of the competition. Velez Sarsfield and Libertad are both moving on, and it would have been shocking if they failed to do so. Wednesday has a bit more intrigue.

Velez Sarsfield 1-1 Atletico Nacional

This wasn't a great performance by Velez, who were coming off of a loss at the weekend, but it was good enough to get them through. Augusto Fernandez put them up 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate with a goal in the 52nd minute, finishing off the rebound after Alejandro Cabral hit the post. Luis Mosquera brought Atletico Nacional back into the tie with a brilliant free kick goal in the 69th minute, but they couldn't find a second goal.

Libertad 2-0 Cruz Azul

Cruz Azul actually decided to use Emanuel Villa, Omar Bravo, Alejandro Vela and Fausto Pinto for this match, but opted to bench Javier Aquino for reasons that cannot be explained. With Gerardo Torrado and much of their first choice defense still unavailable, Cruz Azul didn't look up to the standard of Libertad in Paraguay. Both goals were scored on free kicks, with José Núñez heading in the first and Víctor Cáceres heading in the second, both assisted by Victor Ayala.

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