Copa Libertadores 2012, Group Stage
Juan Aurich, defending champions of the Peruvian league, but nowadawys, that title scares no one, not even the small Peruvian teams. With 5 matches so far this year, Juan Aurich have won none, losing both their Libertadores appearances (0-2 at Internacional and 1-2 at The Strongest), while from their 3 domestic matches, they only have one point, despite playing against some lowly teams like Jose Galvez, Union Comercio or Cobresol. Total lack of form, and I would be very surprised to see them rise from the ashes against the Brazilian giants, defending champions of Copa Libertadores. They started this year's campaign with an unbelievable loss in Bolivia, after wasting 4-5 great chances to score, before conceding the losing goal in the 90th minute. But, after that, they recovered nicely, beating Internacional 3-1, at home, with a hattrick from Neymar. No point in discussing quality differences here, as it is obvious the Brazilians are much better, and a full squad is expected from them, as they rested almost their entire team in the weekend match against Mogi Mirim. This time, there will be no altitude difference (unlike the match against The Strongest), so Santos should play at full power, and take the win. GL!
Santos (-0.75 AH) @ 2.04, 4/10Result: 1-3, WON