Neymar lauds Santos after win

Last Updated: May 05, 2013, 14:58 PM IST

Sao Paulo: Neymar praised his teammates` ability to perform under pressure after Santos advanced to the final of Brazil`s Campeonato Paulista with a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Mogi Mirim.

After ending 1-1 at the final whistle Saturday, Rene Junior and Ezequiel Miralles missed two of Santos` first three attempts from the penalty spot. But Brazil`s 2012 London Olympics goalkeeper Rafael kept his side in the match by saving the shots of Carlos Alberto, Juninho and Roni.

Neymar converted with Santos` fifth attempt before Leo and Edu Dracena also netted to hand their team victory.

"It was nerve-wracking but we showed composure when it mattered. It`s a great feeling to be in the tournament decider for a fifth time. I still don`t know what it`s like to not make the Paulista final," a jubilant Neymar said after the match.

Playmaker Roni had opened the scoring for Mogi Mirim on the stroke of half-time before Dracena equalised 14 minutes from time.

Santos will meet the winner of Sunday`s other semifinal between Sao Paulo and Corinthians in the final May 12.