1968 Copa Libertadores

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1968 Copa Libertadores
1968 Copa Libertadores de América
1968 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 27 - May 16
Teams21 (from 10 confederations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina Estudiantes (LP) (1st title)
Runners-upBrazil Palmeiras
Tournament statistics
Matches played93
Goals scored230 (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[edit]

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 Taça Brasil champion
Náutico 1967 Taça Brasil 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 Campeonato Profesional champion
Millonarios 1967 Campeonato Profesional 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
Galicia 1967 Primera División Venezolana runner-up

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes (LP) 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


Millonarios Colombia0 – 1Argentina Estudiantes (LP)
Flores Goal

Deportivo Cali Colombia1 – 0Argentina Independiente
Iroldo Goal

Deportivo Cali Colombia1 – 2Argentina Estudiantes (LP)
Manera Goal o.g.' Bilardo Goal
Echecopar Goal




Estudiantes (LP) Argentina0 – 0Colombia Millonarios


Deportivo Cali Colombia1 – 0Colombia Millonarios
Ferreira Goal


Second
place playoff
Independiente Argentina3 – 2Colombia Deportivo Cali
Pastoriza Goal
Bernao Goal
Artime Goal
Iroldo Goal
Sánchez Goal

Group 2[edit]

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



Jorge Wilstermann Bolivia0 – 0Peru Universitario


Universitario Peru1 – 1Peru Sporting Cristal
Challe Goal Aquije Goal




Universitario Peru6 – 0Bolivia Always Ready
Flores GoalGoal
Lobatón GoalGoal
Rojas Goal
Staukas Goal o.g.'


Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Chile Universidad Católica 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 9
Ecuador Emelec 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 7
Ecuador El Nacional 6 2 1 3 5 6 -1 5
Chile Universidad de Chile 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 3
Emelec Ecuador0 – 0Ecuador El Nacional



Emelec Ecuador1 – 2Chile Universidad Católica
Echeverría Goal Isella Goal
Gallardo Goal




Universidad de Chile Chile0 – 0Ecuador Emelec

Universidad Católica Chile1 – 1Ecuador Emelec
Sarnari Goal Sosa Goal

Universidad de Chile Chile1 – 0Ecuador El Nacional
Campos Goal


El Nacional Ecuador0 – 1Ecuador Emelec
Mena Goal

Group 4[edit]

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
Peñarol Uruguay1 – 0Uruguay Nacional
Spencer Goal

Guaraní Paraguay2 – 0Paraguay Libertad
Juárez Goal
Martínez Goal



Nacional Uruguay4 – 0Paraguay Libertad
Morales GoalGoal
Mújica Goal
Célio Goal

Peñarol Uruguay2 – 0Paraguay Guaraní
Spencer GoalGoal

Libertad Paraguay1 – 1Paraguay Guaraní
Ayala Goal Juárez Goal

Nacional Uruguay0 – 0Uruguay Peñarol

Libertad Paraguay1 – 0Uruguay Peñarol
Fleitas Goal

Guaraní Paraguay2 – 1Uruguay Nacional
Ivaldi Goal
Martínez Goal
Célio Goal

Guaraní Paraguay1 – 1Uruguay Peñarol
Juárez Goal Abbadie Goal

Libertad Paraguay0 – 2Uruguay Nacional
Célio Goal
Virgili Goal

Group 5[edit]

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 Galicia 6 2 0 4 5 7 -2 4
Galicia Venezuela2 – 0Venezuela Deportivo Portugués
Ceslo GoalGoal

Náutico Brazil1 – 3Brazil Palmeiras
Ladeira Goal Ademir GoalGoal
Tupãzinho Goal

Deportivo Portugués Venezuela1 – 1Brazil Náutico
Ramos Goal Iván Goal

Galicia Venezuela2 – 1Brazil Náutico
Becerra Goal
Olavo Goal
Lala Goal

Galicia Venezuela1 – 2Brazil Palmeiras
Chacho Goal Ademir Goal
Díaz Goal o.g.'


Náutico Brazil1 – 0Venezuela Galicia
Nino Goal


Palmeiras Brazil2 – 0Venezuela Galicia
Servílio Goal
Tupãzinho Goal


Palmeiras Brazil0 – 0Brazil Náutico

Deportivo Portugués Venezuela1 – 0Venezuela Galicia
Ratto Goal

Second round[edit]

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[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes (LP) 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

Universitario Peru0 – 3Argentina Independiente
Pastoriza GoalGoalGoal




Group B[edit]

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


Emelec Ecuador0 – 1Uruguay Peñarol
Spencer Goal


Emelec Ecuador2 – 0Venezuela Deportivo Portugués
Sosa GoalGoal

Sporting Cristal Peru0 – 0Uruguay Peñarol




Peñarol Uruguay1 – 0Ecuador Emelec
Cortés Goal


Deportivo Portugués Venezuela2 – 0Ecuador Emelec
Ramos GoalGoal

Group C[edit]

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



Guaraní Paraguay2 – 0Brazil Palmeiras
Juárez Goal
Martínez Goal


Semifinals[edit]

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[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes (LP) 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
Argentina Racing 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 3
Estudiantes Argentina3–0Argentina Racing
Verón GoalGoal
Perfumo Goal


Playoff
Racing Argentina1–1Argentina Estudiantes (LP)
Cárdenas Goal Verón Goal

Estudiantes progressed to the finals due to better goal difference.

Semifinal 2[edit]

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
Palmeiras Brazil1 – 0Uruguay Peñarol
Tupãzinho Goal

Peñarol Uruguay1 – 2Brazil Palmeiras
Silva Goal Tupãzinho GoalGoal

Finals[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes (LP) 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 2
Brazil Palmeiras 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 2
Estudiantes (LP) Argentina2–1Brazil Palmeiras
Verón Goal 83'
Bocha Goal 87'
Servilio Goal 30'

Palmeiras Brazil3–1Argentina Estudiantes (LP)
Tupãzinho Goal 10', Goal 68'
Rinaldo Goal 54'
Verón Goal 72'

Playoff
Palmeiras Brazil0–2Argentina Estudiantes (LP)
Ribaudo Goal 13'
Verón Goal 82'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: César Orozco (Peru)

Champion[edit]

Copa Libertadores de América
1968 Winners
Argentina
Estudiantes (LP)
First Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Brazil Tupãzinho Brazil Palmeiras 11
2 Ecuador Alberto Spencer Uruguay Peñarol 10
3 Argentina Juan Ramón Verón Argentina Estudiantes (LP) 9
4 Argentina Luis Artime Argentina Independiente 6
5 Argentina Felipe Ribaudo Argentina Estudiantes (LP) 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[edit]

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.

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