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Brawl erupts after Palmeiras beat Penarol in Copa Libertadores

Goal.com logo Goal.com 27-04-2017

Palmeiras overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Penarol 3-2 but the Copa Libertadores clash was overshadowed by a brawl.

After Willian's second-half brace completed a stunning comeback in Montevideo, tensions boiled over between hosts Penarol and Group 5 leaders Palmeiras, and both sets of fans in the Uruguayan capital.

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Former Inter, Galatasaray and Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo - now playing for Palmeiras - could be seen swinging punches before he was chased down the pitch by Penarol players.

One Penarol player picked up a corner flag before police intervened as the violence spilled over into the stands at Estadio Campeon del Siglo.

Prior to the commotion, Penarol looked to be on track for a crucial victory thanks to Mauricio Affonso and Junior Arias.

Affonso opened the scoring with a 13th-minute volley and Arias made it 2-0 when he fired the ball past Fernando Prass 26 minutes later.

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However, Willian triggered Palmeiras' comeback after stunningly volleying the ball into the top corner of the net four minutes into the second half.

Yerry Mina equalised just past the hour-mark before Willian completed the fightback with 17 minutes remaining as Palmeiras moved four points clear atop the group.

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