The striker fell hard on his shoulder in the first half of last week’s match and needed to be replaced in the game’s final minutes. Despite having his arm in a sling, Olivera declared that there is no way he is going to miss out on the second leg.
Leo has recovered from an injury and will retake his position on the left side of defense. Although the young Alex Sandro did well in Leo’s place in the first leg, the veteran’s experience is paramount and Ramalho cannot afford to leave him on the bench.
By Marc Serber
The good news for Santos is that Paulo Henrique Ganso is declared fit to play. The creative midfielder has been out with a hamstring injury since May 8. Mauricy Ramalho has yet to decide whether the 21-year-old will play a part from the beginning. Either way, Ganso will add an entirely new dimension to the Santos attack.
South America will crown a new champion on Wednesday night. Will Santos banish the demons of 2003 and lift the trophy for the first time since Pele in 1963,Lardarius Webb Ravens Jersey, or will Penarol complete its improbable run and reach the summit it last occupied in 1987?
When Penarol is in possession, Santos must press right away and not allow the early ball to be sent up to the frontmen. Neymar and Ze Eduardo must set the tone up top and not allow Penarol to have the option of either casually building out of the back or looking for the feet of Martinuccio. If Santos can pressure high,A.J. Hawk Jersey, then Penarol will be forced to play and have a tough time working out of traffic.
Penarol, traveled to Brazil with 26 players, but the starting XI will be the same as the first leg. This is a huge relief, considering the doubt that lingered over leading scorer Juan Manuel Olivera.
Santos must win the battle in midfield, controlling the ball and dictating the pace of the game. If Ganso and Elano can run the show and open the spaces for Neymar and Ze Eduardo, then Penarol will be on its heels. Leo must pick his moments to bomb forward or risk leaving his center backs overexposed at the back.
Whichever side can get its tactics right will be champions of the 52nd Copa Libertadores. Either side will be worthy winners of what has been a tremendous tournament,Tim Tebow Youth Jersey.
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Penarol was lucky not to concede in the first leg as poor finishing kept the Brazilians from grabbing an away goal. The Gold and Black must tighten it up at the back or risk playing from behind at the Pacaembu,Doug Baldwin Jersey.
For Penarol, the goal will be to keep Neymar in check while continuing to find the feet of forward Alejandro Martinuccio, especially on the counter attack.
Ganso and Neymar have a telepathic relationship on the field which already sunk Club America in the Round of 16 and could be a feature for Brazil at this summer’s Copa America.
At right back, all indications are that Para will return to the sidelines and Danilo (who has been playing in midfield in the absence of Ganso) may move back to his original position.
In addition, Edu Dracena is back from suspension. The captain will occupy his normal spot at the center of defense.
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