So much for the defending Copa Libertadores champions being shown an early exit.
Neymar scored two goals and had a hand in five others as Santos easily overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit with an 8-0 demolition of Bolivian side Bolivar Thursday night to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
Elano opened the scoring with a golazo off the outside of his foot from distance in the sixth minute, and the rout continued with Santos taking a 5-0 lead by the 37th minute. Elano and Paulo Ganso each finished with two goals, with Ganso scoring on a back-heel flick for Santos' third goal, and the defending champions advanced to face Argentine side Velez Sarsfield.
Santos were not the only ones to overturn a deficit with a rout Thursday, as Universidad de Chile came back from a 4-1 first-leg loss to Deportivo Quito with a 6-0 win in the home leg to stay alive. Star striker Junior Fernandes and forward Henriquez Iturra each scored twice to key the comeback, and the Chilean side will meet Paraguay's Libertad in the next round.
Highlights from Santos' finishing clinic and the entire quarterfinal field for the Copa Libertadores are after the jump:
COPA LIBERTADORES QUARTERFINAL FIELD
Fluminense (Brazil) vs. Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Universidad de Chile (Chile) vs. Libertad (Paraguay)
Corinthians (Brazil) vs. Vasco de Gama (Brazil)
Santos (Brazil) vs. Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)
The first legs of each quarterfinal will be played May 15, with the second legs following on May 22.
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