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1968 Copa Libertadores

1968 Copa Libertadores
1968 Copa Libertadores de América
1968 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
Dates January 27 - May 16
Teams 21 (from 10 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Argentina Estudiantes (1st title)
Runners-up Brazil Palmeiras
Tournament statistics
Matches played 93
Goals scored 230 (2.47 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Tupãzinho (11 goals)
1967
1969

The 1968 Copa Libertadores was the ninth edition of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier association football competition. It was played between January 27 and May 16. A record 21 teams participated in this edition..

This edition brought the explosive debut of a humble team from the city of La Plata, capital of the Buenos Aires province, that did not find itself in the plateau of Argentine football. Estudiantes de La Plata, an authentic stranger in the highest levels of South American football, surpassed all expectations as they eliminated defending champions Racing and Independiente (two denominated "great" ones in Argentina as well as each having already won the tournament before).

With a talented prospect by the name of Juan Ramón Verón, the pincharatas beat Palmeiras 2–0 in a playoff after the final series finished 2–2 on points. Estudiantes conquered the title with an original style which emphasized athleticism and strategic preparation.

Qualified teams

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Racing 1967 Copa Libertadores de América winners
 Argentina
2 berths
Independiente 1967 Primera División champion
Estudiantes 1967 Primera División runner-up
 Bolivia
2 berths
Jorge Wilstermann 1967 Torneo Nacional champion
Always Ready 1967 Torneo Nacional runner-up
 Brazil
2 berths
Palmeiras 1967 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
Náutico 1967 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up
 Chile
2 berths
Universidad de Chile 1967 Primera División champion
Universidad Católica 1967 Primera División runner-up
 Colombia
2 berths
Deportivo Cali 1967 DIMAYOR champion
Millonarios 1967 DIMAYOR runner-up
 Ecuador
2 berths
El Nacional 1967 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A champion
Emelec 1967 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A runner-up
 Paraguay
2 berths
Guaraní 1967 Primera División champion
Libertad 1967 Primera División runner-up
 Peru
2 berths
Universitario 1967 Campeonato Descentralizado champion
Sporting Cristal 1967 Campeonato Descentralizado runner-up
 Uruguay
2 berths
Peñarol 1967 Primera División champion
Nacional 1967 Primera División runner-up
 Venezuela
2 berths
Deportivo Portugués 1967 Primera División Venezolana champion
Deportivo Galicia 1967 Primera División Venezolana runner-up

Tie-breaking criteria

At each stage of the tournament teams receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria will be applied to determine the ranking in the group stage:

  1. a one-game playoff;
  2. superior goal difference;
  3. draw of lots.

First round

Twenty teams were drawn into five groups of four. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top two teams in each group advanced to the Second round. Racing, the title holders, had a bye to the Semifinals.

Key to colors in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the Second round

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 11
Argentina Independiente 6 2 1 3 8 10 -2 5
Colombia Deportivo Cali 6 2 1 3 6 10 -4 5
Colombia Millonarios 6 1 1 4 6 9 -3 3
January 27, 1968
Independiente Argentina 2 – 4 Argentina Estudiantes
Bernao Goal
Artime Goal
Ribaudo GoalGoal
Echecopar Goal
Verón Goal

February 4, 1968
Millonarios Colombia 1 – 2 Argentina Independiente
Ferrero Goal Bernao Goal
Artime Goal

February 7, 1968
Millonarios Colombia 0 – 1 Argentina Estudiantes
Flores Goal

February 8, 1968
Deportivo Cali Colombia 1 – 0 Argentina Independiente
Iroldo Goal

February 11, 1968
Deportivo Cali Colombia 1 – 2 Argentina Estudiantes
Manera Goal o.g.' Bilardo Goal
Echecopar Goal

February 14, 1968
Millonarios Colombia 4 – 2 Colombia Deportivo Cali
Ferrero Goal
Aceros Goal
Fernández Goal
Frattini Goal
Alvarez Goal
Desiderio Goal

February 17, 1968
Estudiantes Argentina 3 – 0 Colombia Deportivo Cali
Ribaudo Goal
Verón Goal
Echecopar Goal

February 18, 1968
Independiente Argentina 3 – 1 Colombia Millonarios
Artime GoalGoalGoal Rodríguez Goal

February 21, 1968
Estudiantes Argentina 0 – 0 Colombia Millonarios

February 22, 1968
Independiente Argentina 1 – 1 Colombia Deportivo Cali
Savoy Goal Iroldo Goal

February 28, 1968
Deportivo Cali Colombia 1 – 0 Colombia Millonarios
Ferreira Goal


March 6, 1968
Second
place playoff
Independiente Argentina 3 – 2 Colombia Deportivo Cali
Pastoriza Goal
Bernao Goal
Artime Goal
Iroldo Goal
Sánchez Goal

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Peru Universitario 6 3 3 0 17 4 +13 9
Peru Sporting Cristal 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6 9
Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann 6 2 1 3 5 8 -3 5
Bolivia Always Ready 6 0 1 5 2 18 -16 1
January 24, 1968
Always Ready Bolivia 0 – 3 Peru Universitario
Flores GoalGoal
Casaretto Goal

January 24, 1968
Jorge Wilstermann Bolivia 0 – 1 Peru Sporting Cristal
Castillo Goal

January 28, 1968
Always Ready Bolivia 1 – 4 Peru Sporting Cristal
Villante Goal Pajuelo GoalGoal
Aquije Goal
Castillo Goal

January 28, 1968
Jorge Wilstermann Bolivia 0 – 0 Peru Universitario

February 4, 1968
Jorge Wilstermann Bolivia 3 – 0 Bolivia Always Ready
López GoalGoal
Cabrera Goal

February 15, 1968
Universitario Peru 1 – 1 Peru Sporting Cristal
Challe Goal Aquije Goal

February 19, 1968
Sporting Cristal Peru 2 – 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
Risco Goal
Castillo Goal

February 22, 1968
Universitario Peru 5 – 1 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
Rojas GoalGoalGoal
Flores GoalGoal
López Goal

February 24, 1968
Sporting Cristal Peru 1 – 1 Bolivia Always Ready
Gallardo Goal Morales Goal

February 27, 1968
Universitario Peru 6 – 0 Bolivia Always Ready
Flores GoalGoal
Lobatón GoalGoal
Rojas Goal
Staukas Goal o.g.'

March 2, 1968
Sporting Cristal Peru 2 – 2 Peru Universitario
Aquije Goal
Gallardo Goal
Calatayud Goal
Challe Goal

March 3, 1968
Always Ready Bolivia 0 – 1
[A]
Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
Cabrera Goal

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Chile Universidad Católica 6 4 2 0 11 7 +4 10
Ecuador Emelec 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 7
Ecuador El Nacional 6 1 2 3 5 6 -1 4
Chile Universidad de Chile 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 3
February 4, 1968
Emelec Ecuador 0 – 0 Ecuador El Nacional

February 11, 1968
El Nacional Ecuador 1 – 1 Chile Universidad Católica
Rodríguez Goal Sarnari Goal

February 11, 1968
Emelec Ecuador 2 – 1 Chile Universidad de Chile
Mena Goal
Hernández Goal
Gangas Goal

February 18, 1968
Emelec Ecuador 1 – 2 Chile Universidad Católica
Echeverría Goal Isella Goal
Gallardo Goal

February 18, 1968
El Nacional Ecuador 3 – 1 Chile Universidad de Chile
Correa Goal
Rodríguez Goal
Rangel Goal
Marcos Goal

February 21, 1968
Universidad Católica Chile 3 – 2 Chile Universidad de Chile
Sarnari GoalGoal
Gallardo Goal
Oleniak Goal
Yávar Goal
Santiago

February 24, 1968
Universidad Católica Chile 2 – 0 Ecuador El Nacional
Isella Goal
Varas Goal
Santiago

February 24, 1968
Universidad de Chile Chile 0 – 0 Ecuador Emelec
Santiago

February 27, 1968
Universidad Católica Chile 1 – 1 Ecuador Emelec
Sarnari Goal Sosa Goal
Santiago

February 27, 1968
Universidad de Chile Chile 1 – 0 Ecuador El Nacional
Campos Goal
Santiago

March 2, 1968
Universidad de Chile Chile 1 – 2 Chile Universidad Católica
Yávar Goal Messén Goal Goal
Santiago

March 3, 1968
El Nacional Ecuador 0 – 1 Ecuador Emelec
Mena Goal

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 6 3 2 1 8 2 +6 8
Paraguay Guaraní 6 2 3 1 8 7 +1 7
Uruguay Nacional 6 2 2 2 9 5 +4 6
Paraguay Libertad 6 1 1 4 2 13 -11 3
February 2, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 1 – 0 Uruguay Nacional
Spencer Goal

February 2, 1968
Guaraní Paraguay 2 – 0 Paraguay Libertad
Juárez Goal
Martínez Goal

February 6, 1968
Nacional Uruguay 2 – 2 Paraguay Guaraní
Techera Goal
Mújica Goal
García GoalGoal

February 7, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 4 – 0 Paraguay Libertad
Spencer GoalGoal
Rocha Goal
Bertocchi Goal

February 10, 1968
Nacional Uruguay 4 – 0 Paraguay Libertad
Morales GoalGoal
Mújica Goal
Célio Goal

February 12, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 2 – 0 Paraguay Guaraní
Spencer GoalGoal

February 16, 1968
Libertad Paraguay 1 – 1 Paraguay Guaraní
Ayala Goal Juárez Goal

February 16, 1968
Nacional Uruguay 0 – 0 Uruguay Peñarol

February 20, 1968
Libertad Paraguay 1 – 0 Uruguay Peñarol
Fleitas Goal

February 21, 1968
Guaraní Paraguay 2 – 1 Uruguay Nacional
Ivaldi Goal
Martínez Goal
Célio Goal

February 24, 1968
Guaraní Paraguay 1 – 1 Uruguay Peñarol
Juárez Goal Abbadie Goal

February 25, 1968
Libertad Paraguay 0 – 2 Uruguay Nacional
Célio Goal
Virgili Goal

Group 5

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Palmeiras 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 11
Venezuela Deportivo Portugués 6 2 1 3 5 11 +6 5
Brazil Náutico 6 1 2 3 7 8 -1 4
Venezuela Deportivo Galicia 6 2 0 4 5 7 -2 4
January 21, 1968
Deportivo Galicia Venezuela 2 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Portugués
Ceslo GoalGoal

January 21, 1968
Náutico Brazil 1 – 3 Brazil Palmeiras
Ladeira Goal Ademir GoalGoal
Tupãzinho Goal

January 27, 1968
Deportivo Portugués Venezuela 1 – 1 Brazil Náutico
Ramos Goal Iván Goal

January 31, 1968
Deportivo Galicia Venezuela 2 – 1 Brazil Náutico
Becerra Goal
Olavo Goal
Lala Goal

February 4, 1968
Deportivo Galicia Venezuela 1 – 2 Brazil Palmeiras
Chacho Goal Ademir Goal
Díaz Goal o.g.'

February 7, 1968
Deportivo Portugués Venezuela 1 – 2 Brazil Palmeiras
Ramos Goal Tupãzinho Goal
Pantera Goal

February 11, 1968
Náutico Brazil 1 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Galicia
Nino Goal

February 14, 1968
Náutico Brazil [B] Venezuela Deportivo Portugués

February 18, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 2 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Galicia
Servílio Goal
Tupãzinho Goal

February 22, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 3 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Portugués
Servílio GoalGoal
Ademir Goal

March 3, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 0 – 0 Brazil Náutico

March 3, 1968
Deportivo Portugués Venezuela 1 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Galicia
Ratto Goal

Second round

Ten teams were drawn into three groups, two groups of three and one group of four. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Semifinals, along with Racing Club.

Key to colors in group tables
Group winners advanced to the Semifinals

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes 4 3 0 1 4 2 +2 6
Argentina Independiente 4 2 0 2 7 3 +4 4
Peru Universitario 4 1 0 3 1 7 -6 2
March 16, 1968
Universitario Peru 1 – 0 Argentina Estudiantes
Lobatón Goal

March 21, 1968
Universitario Peru 0 – 3 Argentina Independiente
Pastoriza GoalGoalGoal

March 28, 1968
Independiente Argentina 1 – 2 Argentina Estudiantes
Pavoni Goal Ribaudo GoalGoal

April 4, 1968
Estudiantes Argentina 1 – 0 Argentina Independiente
Flores Goal

April 9, 1968
Estudiantes Argentina 1 – 0 Peru Universitario
Verón Goal

April 11, 1968
Independiente Argentina 3 – 0 Peru Universitario
Yazalde Goal
Tarabini Goal
Artime Goal

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 6 4 2 0 10 1 +9 10
Peru Sporting Cristal 6 2 4 0 7 3 +4 8
Ecuador Emelec 6 1 1 4 3 7 -4 3
Venezuela Deportivo Portugués 6 1 1 4 3 12 -9 3
March 16, 1968
Deportivo Portugués Venezuela 0 – 3 Uruguay Peñarol
Silva Goal
Méndez Goal
Spencer Goal

March 17, 1968
Emelec Ecuador 0 – 2 Peru Sporting Cristal
Mifflin Goal
Aquije Goal

March 20, 1968
Emelec Ecuador 0 – 1 Uruguay Peñarol
Spencer Goal

March 20, 1968
Deportivo Portugués Venezuela 1 – 1 Peru Sporting Cristal
Curro Goal Pajuelo Goal

March 24, 1968
Emelec Ecuador 2 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Portugués
Sosa GoalGoal

March 25, 1968
Sporting Cristal Peru 0 – 0 Uruguay Peñarol

March 28, 1968
Sporting Cristal Peru 2 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Portugués
Gallardo GoalGoal

March 31, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 4 – 0 Venezuela Deportivo Portugués
Spencer GoalGoal
Abbadie Goal
Bertocchi Goal

April 1, 1968
Sporting Cristal Peru 1 – 1 Ecuador Emelec
Gallardo Goal Echeverría Goal

April 4, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 1 – 0 Ecuador Emelec
Cortés Goal

April 10, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 1 – 1 Peru Sporting Cristal
Spencer Goal Risco Goal

April 10, 1968
Deportivo Portugués Venezuela 2 – 0 Ecuador Emelec
Ramos GoalGoal

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Palmeiras 4 3 0 1 7 4 +3 6
Paraguay Guaraní 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 4
Chile Universidad Católica 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3 2
March 13, 1968
Universidad Católica Chile 4 – 1 Paraguay Guaraní
Sarnari GoalGoal
Isella GoalGoal
García Goal
Santiago

March 17, 1968
Guaraní Paraguay 3 – 1 Chile Universidad Católica
Juárez Goal
Sosa Goal
García Goal
Varas Goal

March 21, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 4 – 1 Chile Universidad Católica
Tupãzinho GoalGoal
Pantera Goal
Rinaldo Goal
Varas Goal

March 24, 1968
Guaraní Paraguay 2 – 0 Brazil Palmeiras
Juárez Goal
Martínez Goal

March 31, 1968
Universidad Católica Chile 0 – 1 Brazil Palmeiras
Dudú Goal
Santiago

April 4, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 2 – 1 Paraguay Guaraní
Tupãzinho Goal
Servílio Goal
Juárez Goal

Semifinals

Four teams were drawn into two groups. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Finals.

Semifinal 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
Argentina Racing 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 3
April 18, 1968
Estudiantes Argentina 3–0 Argentina Racing
Verón GoalGoal
Perfumo Goal

April 24, 1968
Racing Argentina 2–0 Argentina Estudiantes
Maschio Goal
Fucceneco Goal

April 27, 1968
Playoff
Racing Argentina 1–1 Argentina Estudiantes
Cárdenas Goal Verón Goal

Estudiantes progressed to the finals due to better goal difference.

Semifinal 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Palmeiras 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 4
Uruguay Peñarol 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0
April 18, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 1 – 0 Uruguay Peñarol
Tupãzinho Goal

April 23, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 1 – 2 Brazil Palmeiras
Silva Goal Tupãzinho GoalGoal

Finals

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 2
Brazil Palmeiras 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 2
May 2, 1968
Estudiantes Argentina 2–1 Brazil Palmeiras
Verón Goal 83'
Bocha Goal 87'
Servilio Goal 30'

May 7, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 3–1 Argentina Estudiantes
Tupãzinho Goal 10', Goal 68'
Rinaldo Goal 54'
Verón Goal 72'

May 16, 1968
Playoff
Palmeiras Brazil 0–2 Argentina Estudiantes
Ribaudo Goal 13'
Verón Goal 82'
Estadio Centenario,
Montevideo
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: César Orozco (Peru)

Champion

Copa Libertadores de América
1968 Winners
Argentina
Estudiantes
First Title

Top goalscorers

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Brazil Tupãzinho Brazil Palmeiras 11
2 Ecuador Alberto Spencer Uruguay Peñarol 10
3 Argentina Juan Ramón Verón Argentina Estudiantes 9
4 Argentina Luis Artime Argentina Independiente 6
5 Argentina Felipe Ribaudo Argentina Estudiantes 6
6 Paraguay Víctor Domingo Juárez Paraguay Guaraní 6
Peru D. Flores Peru Universitario 6
Argentina Juan Carlos Sarnari Chile Universidad Católica 6
9 Brazil Servílio Brazil Palmeiras 5
Peru Alberto Gallardo Peru Sporting Cristal 5

Footnotes

A. ^ The match finished 1-1, but Jorge Wilstermann were declared 0-1 winners after Troncoso's own goal was declared invalid.
B. ^ The match finished 3-2, but the 2 points were awarded to Deportivo Portugués as Náutico made two substitutions.

External links

  • Sitio oficial de la CONMEBOL
  • RSSSF on the 1968 Copa Libertadores
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