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1996 Copa Libertadores

1996 Copa Libertadores de América
Libertadores 1996
Tournament details
Dates March 13 - June 26
Teams 21 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
Champions Argentina River Plate (2nd title)
Runners-up Colombia América
Tournament statistics
Matches played 90
Goals scored 252 (2.8 per match)
1995
1997

The 1996 edition of Copa Libertadores was the 37th in the tournament's history. Twenty-one teams participated in the competition. River Plate, of Argentina, won the tournament for their second time. The tournament began on March 13 and ended on June 26.

Group stage

Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each for the Group Stage. The top three teams of each group, as well as Grêmio (who received a bye as winners of the previous year's edition of the tournament) qualified to the Round of 16.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Barcelona 13 6 4 1 1 11 8 +3
Cerro Porteño 10 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1
ESPOLI 6 6 2 0 4 7 10 -3
Olimpia 5 6 1 2 3 5 6 -1

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Peñarol 9 6 2 3 1 13 10 +3
Defensor Sporting 7 6 1 4 1 6 6 0
Sporting Cristal 7 6 1 4 1 6 7 -1
Universitario 7 6 2 1 3 7 9 -2

Group 3

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
América 12 6 4 0 2 11 2 +9
Junior 10 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2
San José 9 6 3 0 3 6 8 -2
Guabirá 4 6 1 1 4 7 16 -9

Group 4

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Corinthians 13 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7
Universidad de Chile 10 6 3 1 2 7 7 0
Botafogo 7 6 2 1 3 10 10 0
Universidad Católica 4 6 1 1 4 6 13 -7

Group 5

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
River Plate 14 6 4 2 0 14 3 +11
San Lorenzo 10 6 2 4 0 13 5 +8
Minervén 5 6 1 2 3 8 16 -8
Caracas 2 6 0 2 4 6 17 -11

Round of 16

First leg matches were played between April 30 and May 2. Second leg matches were played on May 8 and May 9.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Universidad de Chile Chile 4–4 (7–6 p) Uruguay Defensor Sporting 3–2 1–2
Botafogo Brazil 1–3 Brazil Grêmio 1–1 0–2
Cerro Porteño Paraguay 0–1 Colombia Junior 0–0 0–1
Minervén Venezuela 2–5 Colombia América 1–1 1–4
Sporting Cristal Peru 4–6 Argentina River Plate 2–1 2–5
San José Bolivia 2–2 (2–4 p) Ecuador Barcelona 1–0 1–2
ESPOLI Ecuador 1–5 Brazil Corinthians 1–3 0–2
San Lorenzo Argentina 8–3 Uruguay Peñarol 3–2 5–1

Quarter-Finals

First leg matches were played on May 15. Second leg matches were played on May 22 and May 24.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
San Lorenzo Argentina 2-3 Argentina River Plate 1-2 1-1
Corinthians Brazil 1-3 Brazil Grêmio 0-3 1-0
Junior Colombia 1-2 Colombia América 1-1 0-1
Universidad de Chile Chile 3-1 Ecuador Barcelona 2-0 1-1

Semi-Finals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Universidad de Chile Chile 2-3 Argentina River Plate 2-2 0-1
Grêmio Brazil 2-3 Colombia América 1-0 1-3

First leg

5 June 1996
Universidad de Chile Chile 2 – 2 Argentina River Plate
Valencia Goal 23'
Salas Goal 69'
Francescoli Goal 21'
Sorín Goal 77'
Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago
Referee: José Luis da Rosa (Uruguay)

Second leg

River Plate won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
América Colombia 1-2 Argentina River Plate 1-0 0-2

First leg

19 June 1996
América Colombia 1 – 0 Argentina River Plate
de Ávila Goal 26'

Second leg

River Plate won 2–1 on aggregate.

Champion

Copa Libertadores 1996:
Argentina
River Plate
Second title

References

  • Copa Libertadores 1996 at RSSSF
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