Flamengo and Santos dazzle in Brazilian clash
Last night’s match between Santos F.C. and Flamengo reminded Brazilians why they love football, as the two of the game’s best went head to head in a thrilling battle for the ages.
The contest was full of flash and some brilliant offensive moments – although it was somewhat light on the defense. Santos started the proceedings with three goals with 25 minutes – two from Borges, and then an amazing run and finish by international sensation Neymar.
Somewhat amazingly, despite being down 3-0 quickly, Flamengo came back and tied the game before halftime with strikes from Ronaldinho, Thiago Nieves and David. There were six goals in one half, but the match was far from over.
Neymar again put one away shortly after halftime to give the lead back to Santos, but Ronaldinho didn’t take long to equalize. The former AC Milan star then beat the youngster to a hat trick and got his third goal of the match, leading Flamengo to victory, 5-4.
Flamengo fans have plenty to celebrate after coming out on top in that clash, but its Neymar who gives the Brazilians hope for the future. The young striker may have disappointed in the recent Copa America, but all signs point to him being the top striker when the World Cup is held in Brazil for 2014. Ahead of the massive tournament, many working abroad will be using international wire transfers back home to help assist with the festivities.