Gremio reach Libertadores final despite 3-1 loss
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 6 (Reuters) - A spectacular goal by Diego Souza helped Gremio reach the final of South America's Libertadores Cup on Wednesday despite losing 3-1 at Santos. Souza unleashed a long-range shot in the 23rd minute to silence the crowd that had packed into the Vila Belmiro stadium to see the all-Brazilian semi-final clash. Gremio, sitting on a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, were a constant threat on the break through Souza, who was denied another two goals by impressive Santos goalkeeper Fabio Costa. 'When I saw Diego's goal go in I knew we had a great chance, but Santos deserve merit for getting back into the game and they took it to the wire,' Gremio coach Menezes told reporters. Santos striker Renatinho equalised shortly before the interval, snapping up a loose ball in the area and firing home. He scored a second in similar fashion before Brazil international Ze Roberto hit a low drive through a crowded area to score Santos' third goal. The tie ended 3-3 on aggregate but Gremio go through by virtue of the away goals rule. Gremio will play the winners of Thursday's semi-final between Boca Juniors and Colombian side Cucuta, who have a 3-1 lead from the first leg.