2018 Torneo Descentralizado

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Torneo Descentralizado
Season 2018
Dates 3 February – 16 December 2018
Copa Libertadores Sporting Cristal
Matches played 233
Goals scored 631 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Emanuel Herrera
(25 goals)
Biggest home win Sporting Cristal 5–0 Ayacucho
(15 April)
U. San Martín 6–1 Municipal
(12 August)
Biggest away win U. San Martín 1–5 Sporting Cristal
(3 March)
Comerciantes Unidos 0–4 Cantolao
(15 August)
Highest scoring Ayacucho 5–3 Sporting Cristal
(1 March)
2017
2019
All statistics correct as of 27 August 2018.

The 2018 Torneo Descentralizado de Fútbol Profesional (known as the 2018 Copa Movistar for sponsorship reasons) is the 102nd season of the highest division of Peruvian football. A total of 16 teams have been confirmed to compete in the season. Alianza Lima are the defending champions.

Competition format[edit]

The season is divided into four phases, Torneo de Verano, Torneo Apertura, Torneo Clausura, and the Playoffs.

The first phase is the Torneo de Verano where all the teams are divided into two groups and play each team in their group twice at home and away. The winner of each group will qualify to a two match, home and away final. The group winner with the most points on the aggregate table will choose which leg they play as the home team. The winner of this tournament will gain access to the playoffs and the 2019 Copa Libertadores as long as it finishes in the top eight of the aggregate table at the end of the season.

The second and third stages are two smaller Apertura and Clausura tournaments of 15 games each. Each team will play the other teams once during the Apertura tournament and during the Clausura tournament in reversed order for a total of 30 matches. Points earned during the Apertura will not carry over during the Clausura. The winners of the Apertura and Clausura stages will also qualify to the playoffs and the 2019 Copa Libertadores as long as they finish in the top eight of the aggregate table at the end of the season.

The playoffs to decide the national champion will be contested by the winners of the three tournaments as well as the best team in the aggregate table, which will play two semifinals with the winners playing the final. If a team wins two out of the three tournaments, it will qualify for the final and the winner of the remaining tournament will play the best team in the aggregate table in the semifinal.[1] The team with the most points on the aggregate table will choose which leg they play as the home team. If the teams are tied in points a third match on neutral ground will be played to decide the national champion. If a team wins the three tournaments of the season, the playoffs will not be played and it will be declared as champion. The 2019 Copa Sudamericana berths will be awarded to the teams with the best record in the aggregate table that did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores. The two teams with the fewest points at the end of the third stage will be relegated.

Teams[edit]

A total of 16 teams have been confirmed to play in the 2018 Torneo Descentralizado. Fourteen teams from the previous season, the 2017 Segunda División champion (Sport Boys), and the 2017 Copa Perú champion (Binacional).

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity[2]
Alianza Lima Lima Alejandro Villanueva 35,000
Ayacucho Ayacucho Ciudad de Cumanáa 15,000
Binacional Arequipa 25 de Noviembreb 21,000
Cantolao Callao Miguel Grau 15,000
Comerciantes Unidos Cutervo Carlos A. Olivaresc 12,000
Deportivo Municipal Lima Miguel Graud 17,000
Melgar Arequipa Virgen de Chapi 60,000
Real Garcilaso Cusco Estadio Garcilaso 42,056
Sport Boys Callao Miguel Grau 17,000
Sport Huancayo Huancayo Estadio Huancayo 20,000
Sport Rosario Huaraz Rosas Pampa 18,000
Sporting Cristal Lima Alberto Gallardo 18,000
Unión Comercio Nueva Cajamarca IPD de Nueva Cajamarca 12,000
Universidad San Martín Lima Alberto Gallardo 18,000
UTC Cajamarca Germán Contrerase 6,300
Universitario Lima Monumental 80,093

a: Ayacucho will play their home games at Estadio Eloy Molina Robles in Huanta while their regular stadium Estadio Ciudad de Cumaná undergoes maintenance works.[3] However, they temporarily moved their home games to Estadio Huancayo in Huancayo since Estadio Eloy Molina Robles in Huanta was deemed unfit for use by the ADFP.[4]
b: Binacional played their home games in the Torneo de Verano at Estadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi in Arequipa, moving to Estadio 25 de Noviembre in Moquegua for the start of the Torneo Apertura due to poor attendances in their home games.[5]
c: Comerciantes Unidos will play their home games at Estadio Carlos A. Olivares in Guadalupe due to their regular stadium Estadio Juan Maldonado Gamarra not meeting ADFP's stadium requirements.[6][7]
d: Deportivo Municipal will play their home games at Estadio Nacional in Lima and Estadio Miguel Grau in Callao due to their regular stadium Estadio Iván Elías Moreno not meeting ADFP's stadium requirements.
e: UTC initially planned to play their home games at Estadio Mansiche in Trujillo due to their regular stadium Estadio Héroes de San Ramón not meeting ADFP's stadium requirements.[8] However, and given that Estadio Mansiche was also unable to meet ADFP's stadium requirements, UTC decided to move their home games to Estadio Carlos A. Olivares in Guadalupe and later to Estadio Germán Contreras in Cajabamba.[7][9]

Torneo de Verano[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CRI SRO UTC USM ALI COM AYA UNI
1 Sporting Cristal 14 10 3 1 42 15 +27 33 Advance to Finals 4–1 2–2 4–1 3–0 3–0 5–0 1–1
2 Sport Rosario 14 6 2 6 23 21 +2 20 0–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 5–1 1–1
3 UTC 14 5 5 4 14 19 −5 20 0–3[a] 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 0–0
4 Universidad San Martín 14 4 7 3 20 18 +2 19 1–5 4–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–1
5 Alianza Lima 14 5 4 5 16 17 −1 19 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–0
6 Comerciantes Unidos 14 4 2 8 18 26 −8 14 1–3 2–4 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–2
7 Ayacucho 14 4 2 8 22 34 −12 14 5–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–3 4–2
8 Universitario 14 2 7 5 16 21 −5 13 3–3 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–1
Source: ADFP, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals for; 4) Drawing of lots.
  1. ^ Match awarded 3–0 to Sporting Cristal due to UTC failing to provide a suitable stadium for the match.[10]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SHU MEL BIN MUN RGA CAN SBA UCO
1 Sport Huancayo 14 8 3 3 29 20 +9 27 Advance to Finals 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–2
2 Melgar 14 6 7 1 20 13 +7 25 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–1
3 Binacional 14 5 6 3 18 17 +1 21 2–2 2–2 0–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 3–0
4 Deportivo Municipal 14 6 2 6 24 21 +3 20 2–3 1–3 4–0 3–0 3–0 3–2 2–1
5 Real Garcilaso 14 6 2 6 21 23 −2 20 0–3 0–0 1–0 5–1 1–0 2–0 5–2
6 Cantolao 14 4 5 5 14 13 +1 17 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0
7 Sport Boys 14 3 4 7 15 21 −6 13 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–0
8 Unión Comercio 14 2 3 9 15 28 −13 9 1–4 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1
Source: ADFP, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals for; 4) Drawing of lots.

Finals[edit]

The champion was the team with the most points after the two legs were played. In case both teams tied in points and scored the same number of goals, there would have been 30 minutes of extra time and penalties if still tied.

Times are local, PET (UTC−5).

First leg
Sport Huancayo 1–1 Sporting Cristal
Report
Referee: Michael Espinoza

Second leg
Sporting Cristal 1–0 Sport Huancayo
Report
Referee: Diego Haro

Sporting Cristal won 2–1 on aggregate and secured a spot in the Playoffs.

Torneo Apertura[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sporting Cristal (Q) 15 9 5 1 27 7 +20 32 Advance to Playoffs and qualification to Copa Libertadores
2 Alianza Lima 15 8 3 4 24 16 +8 27
3 Real Garcilaso 15 8 2 5 19 19 0 26
4 Deportivo Municipal 15 7 3 5 21 16 +5 24
5 UTC 15 6 6 3 19 15 +4 24
6 Melgar 15 6 6 3 23 20 +3 24
7 Unión Comercio 15 6 5 4 17 16 +1 23
8 Binacional 15 6 3 6 15 14 +1 21
9 Sport Boys 15 4 7 4 20 21 −1 19
10 Sport Huancayo 15 4 6 5 16 15 +1 18
11 Universitario 15 4 6 5 18 21 −3 18
12 Sport Rosario[a] 15 6 3 6 21 24 −3 17
13 Cantolao 15 4 5 6 21 27 −6 17
14 Universidad San Martín 15 2 7 6 20 23 −3 13
15 Ayacucho 15 3 3 9 17 21 −4 12
16 Comerciantes Unidos 15 0 4 11 10 33 −23 4
Source: ADFP, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals for; 4) Drawing of lots; 5) Play-off (only if needed to decide first place).
If two teams are tied in points for first place: 2) Play-off.
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Sport Rosario were deducted 4 points for an outstanding debt.[11]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ALI AYA BIN CAN COM MUN MEL RGA SBA SHU SRO CRI UCO USM UNI UTC
Alianza Lima 1–0 2–1 5–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–1
Ayacucho 3–0[a] 1–2 3–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–3
Binacional 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
Cantolao 1–1 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1
Comerciantes Unidos 0–4 1–1 2–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 3–4
Deportivo Municipal 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 0–1 3–0 0–2
Melgar 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 3–3
Real Garcilaso 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 3–3 1–0
Sport Boys 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–2 1–1
Sport Huancayo 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1
Sport Rosario 3–2 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 3–0
Sporting Cristal 1–2 4–0 2–0 5–1 0–0 2–1 4–0 1–0
Unión Comercio 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–3
Universidad San Martín 2–0 6–1 0–0 0–1 0–3 2–2 0–0
Universitario 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–1
UTC 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
Source: ADFP, Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
  1. ^ Match awarded 3–0 to Ayacucho due to Comerciantes Unidos fielding the ineligible player Junior Aguirre. The original result was a 2–1 win for Comerciantes Unidos.[12]

Torneo Clausura[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Alianza Lima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to Playoffs and qualification to Copa Libertadores
2 Ayacucho 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Binacional 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Cantolao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Comerciantes Unidos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Deportivo Municipal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Melgar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Real Garcilaso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Sport Boys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Sport Huancayo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Sport Rosario 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Sporting Cristal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Unión Comercio 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Universidad San Martín 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Universitario 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 UTC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August 2018. Source: ADFP
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals for; 4) Drawing of lots; 5) Play-off (only if needed to decide first place).
If two teams are tied in points for first place: 2) Play-off.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ALI AYA BIN CAN COM MUN MEL RGA SBA SHU SRO CRI UCO USM UNI UTC
Alianza Lima a
Ayacucho
Binacional
Cantolao
Comerciantes Unidos
Deportivo Municipal
Melgar
Real Garcilaso
Sport Boys
Sport Huancayo
Sport Rosario
Sporting Cristal
Unión Comercio
Universidad San Martín
Universitario a
UTC
First match(es) will be played on 31 August 2018. Source: ADFP
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Aggregate table[edit]

All stages (Torneo de Verano, Torneo Apertura, and Torneo Clausura) of the 2018 season will be aggregated into a single league table throughout the season to determine one of the teams that will qualify for the Copa Libertadores and the four Copa Sudamericana qualifiers, as well as those to be relegated at the end of the season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sporting Cristal (Q) 29 19 8 2 69 22 +47 65 Qualification to Playoffs and Copa Libertadores group stage
2 Melgar 29 12 13 4 43 33 +10 49 Qualification to Playoffs and Copa Libertadores (stage TBD)
3 Alianza Lima 29 13 7 9 40 33 +7 46 Qualification to Copa Libertadores first stage
4 Real Garcilaso 29 14 4 11 40 42 −2 46 Qualification to Copa Sudamericana first stage
5 Sport Huancayo 29 12 9 8 45 35 +10 45
6 Deportivo Municipal 29 13 5 11 45 38 +7 44
7 UTC 29 11 11 7 33 34 −1 44
8 Binacional 29 11 9 9 33 31 +2 42
9 Sport Rosario[a] 29 12 5 12 44 45 −1 37
10 Cantolao 29 8 10 11 35 39 −4 34
11 Universidad San Martín 29 6 14 9 40 41 −1 32
12 Sport Boys 29 7 11 11 35 42 −7 32
13 Unión Comercio 29 8 8 13 31 44 −13 32
14 Universitario 29 6 13 10 34 42 −8 31
15 Ayacucho 29 7 5 17 39 55 −16 26 Relegation to Segunda División
16 Comerciantes Unidos 29 4 6 19 28 59 −31 18
Updated to match(es) played on 27 August 2018. Source: ADFP
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals for; 4) Drawing of lots; 5) Play-off (only if needed to decide teams for relegation).
If two teams are tied in points for penultimate place: 2) Play-off.
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Sport Rosario were deducted 4 points for an outstanding debt.[11]

Playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals Finals
                         
Sporting Cristal  
Bye  
    Sporting Cristal
 
Torneo Clausura winners
Aggregate table best team not yet qualified  

Note: The Torneo Clausura winners will qualify for the playoffs as long as they end in the top 8 of the aggregate table at the end of the season. Should that team fail to secure eighth place in the aggregate table, they will be replaced by the best team in the aggregate table that has not yet qualified.[13]

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

v

Second leg[edit]

v

Finals[edit]

Sporting Cristal (Torneo de Verano and Torneo Apertura winners) and the winning semi-finalists will contest the finals.

v

v

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 27 August 2018
Rank Name Club Goals
1 Argentina Emanuel Herrera Sporting Cristal 25
2 Paraguay Carlos Neumann Sport Huancayo 18
3 Uruguay Gabriel Costa Sporting Cristal 17
4 Colombia Fabián González Cantolao 14
Ivory Coast Aké Loba Universidad San Martín
6 Argentina Tulio Etchemaite Sport Rosario 12
Peru Mauricio Montes Ayacucho
8 Peru Rodrigo Cuba Deportivo Municipal 11
Peru Willyan Mimbela Unión Comercio
10 Paraguay Jeremías Bogado Comerciantes Unidos 10
Panama Luis Tejada Sport Boys

Source: ADFP

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Descentralizado 2018: mira el fixture de los tres torneos". El Comercio (in Spanish). elcomercio.pe. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Lades, Gunther. "Peru". website. fussballtempel.net. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ayacucho FC jugará Descentralizado en Huanta" (in Spanish). diariocorreo.pe. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Estadio de Huanta fue inhabilitado por la Federación Peruana de Fútbol" (in Spanish). diariocorreo.pe. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Binacional de Arequipa jugará sus partidos de local en Moquegua" (in Spanish). La República. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Municipal y Comerciantes deberán cambiar de estadio para disputar el Descentralizado 2018" (in Spanish). depor.pe. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Estadio de Guadalupe fue habilitado por la Comisión de Concesión de Licencias" (in Spanish). rpp.pe. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "UTC se mudará a Trujillo para disputar Sudamericana y el Descentralizado" (in Spanish). depor.pe. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "UTC de Cajamarca jugará de local en Cajabamba" (in Spanish). rpp.pe. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Sporting Cristal: CJ de la FPF le dio los 3 puntos del partido contra UTC" (in Spanish). depor.pe. 26 February 2018. 
  11. ^ a b Depor, Redacción (25 July 2018). "Alianza Lima: Sport Rosario perdió la punta del Torneo Apertura porque la CJ-FPF le quitó 4 puntos". depor.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  12. ^ "CJ-FPF le dio el triunfo a Ayacucho FC sobre Comerciantes Unidos" (in Spanish). ovacion.pe. 30 May 2018. 
  13. ^ "Bases Campeonato Descentralizado 2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). ADFP. 

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