1968 Copa Libertadores

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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[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 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












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











Group 3[edit]

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











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

February 2, 1968
Peñarol Uruguay 1 – 0 Uruguay Nacional
Spencer 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 25, 1968
Libertad Paraguay 0 – 2 Uruguay 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



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

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


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




March 3, 1968
Palmeiras Brazil 0 – 0 Brazil Náutico

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 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





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


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







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


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





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 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
Argentina Racing 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 3


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

Finals[edit]

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'
Estádio do Pacaembu,
São Paulo

Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Domingo Massaro (Chile)

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[edit]

Copa Libertadores de América
1968 Winners
Argentina
Estudiantes
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 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[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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