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All-Brazilian Copa Libertadores final has been set

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A Brazilian side will lift the Copa Libertadores trophy for a second consecutive year, as the final has been set on Wednesday evening.

Santos FC trashed Boca Juniors 3-0 in the second leg of their Copa Libertadores semi-final encounter to set up a clash with Palmeiras in the big final.

Diego Pituca opened the scoring to give the host the edge in the 16th minute. He made the score 1-0 on aggregate, as the first game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Two quick second-half goals from Soteldo and Braga in the 49th and 51st minute practically ended Boca’s hopes for what would have been a record 12th appearance in the final of the competition.

Colombian defender Frank Fabra saw red after a harsh challenge, completing Boca Juniors’ humiliation.

Santos will be looking to clinch their first Copa Libertadores title since 2011. Goals from Neymar and Danilo back then handed them their third triumph in the biggest football competition in South America.

They will face Brazilian rivals Palmeiras, who have won the competition only once, in 1999.

The Big Greens lost 2-0 in the second leg against River Plate on Tuesday evening. However, a 3-0 victory in the first encounter at Monumental Stadium last week was enough for their first final in 21 years.

The game is set to be played at the legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio, on January 30.