Pele does work as Santos rolls

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Rome News-Tribune

ATLANTA (AP)—Pele, Brazil's top soccer star, put on a show for 26,713 fans Wednesday night, racking up three goals and narrowly missing a fourth as he paced Santos to a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Chiefs.

Two of Pele's goals came in the first half as the Brazilians built up a 3-1 lead over the North American Soccer League team in the exhibition match played before the largest crowd ever to see a soccer game in Atlanta.

He scored first with 22:15 elapsed to give Santos a 2-1 lead and headed in another shot with 38:34 elapsed after an assist by Rildo on a corner kick.

In the second half with 73:59 elapsed, he lofted a shot over the head of Chiefs' goalie Sven Lindberg from about 25 yards out.

A fine save by Lindberg with about four minutes remaining in the game blocked Pele's attempt for his fourth goal as he blasted a shot from about 50 yards out. Lindberg barely got a hand on the ball.

Atlanta startled the crowd by scoring first with only 19 seconds elapsed as Freddie Mwila of Zambia drove in a shot from about 15 yards out just after the kickoff.

Santos tied it with 15:23 elapsed when Toninho took a rebound of his own shot which Lindberg had blocked and rammed it home.

Santos goalie Claudio made an outstanding save of a shot by Willie McIntosh of Scotland just before the half ended.

Pepe of Santos, who had just entered the game in the second half, drove in a goal with 67:42 elapsed on an assist from Pele.

The Chiefs' second goal was by Kaizer "Boy-Boy" Motaung of South Africa with 74:53 elapsed after an assist by Everald Cummings of Trinidad. Negreros scored the final goal with 83:25 elapsed after an assist by Werneck.

Santos, now on its second United States tour this year, plays Oakland of the NASL Aug. 30 and Benfiga of Portugal in New York Sept. 1.

The loss spoiled Atlanta's perfect record against international competition. The Chiefs had earlier defeated Manchester City of England twice.