1968 Copa Libertadores Finals

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1968 Copa Libertadores Finals
Estadio Jorge Luis HirschiEstádio do Pacaembu
Estadio Centenario
Event 1968 Copa Libertadores de América
Estudiantes won the playoff 2–0.
First Leg
Date May 2, 1968
Venue Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi, La Plata
Referee Esteban Marino (Uruguay)
Second Leg
Date May 7, 1968
Venue Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo
Referee Domingo Massaro (Chile)
1967
1969

The 1968 Copa Libertadores Finals was the final two-legged tie to determine the 1968 Copa Libertadores champion.[1] It was contested by Argentine club Estudiantes and Brazilian club Palmeiras. The first leg of the tie was played on May 2 at Estudiantes' home field, with the second leg played on May 7 at Palmeiras'. Estudiantes and Palmeiras played in their 1st and 2nd Copa Libertadores finals, respectively. Palmeiras last appearance was in 1961, in which they were beaten by defending champions Peñarol. Estudiantes was appearing in their first ever final ever.

Estudiantes won the series after winning a tie-breaking playoff 2-0 at Montevideo's Estadio Centenario.

Rules[edit]

The finals will be played over two legs; home and away. The team that accumulates the most points —two for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs will be crowned the champion. Should the two teams be tied on points after the second leg a playoff was at a neutral venue will become the next tie-breaker. Goal difference is going to be used as a last resort.

Route to the Finals[edit]

Palmeiras qualified to the 1968 Copa Libertadores as the 1967 Taça Brasil champions, defeating Náutico 2-0 in a playoff played at the Estádio do Maracanã. This was Palmeiras' second title in the competition. Estudiantes qualified as runner-ups of the 1967 Torneo Nacional. The team did win the 1967 Metropolitano after defeating Copa Libertadores holders Racing Club.

Estudiantes Round Palmeiras
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

First round
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Palmeiras 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 11
Venezuela D. 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

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
Second round
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 U. Católica 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3 2
Opponent Result (on points) Legs
Semifinals
Opponent Result (on points) Legs
Argentina Racing Club 2–2
(goal difference)
3–0 home; 2–0 away
1–1 playoff
Uruguay Peñarol 4–0 1–0 home; 1–2 away

First round[edit]

Estudiantes was drawn into Group 1 alongside Independiente, winners of the 1964 and 1965 editions of this tournament, and Colombian sides Deportivo Cali and Millonarios. The pincharatas surprisingly cruised to the Second round, assuring qualification, with a match to spare, after a run of 4 consecutive victories and a tie. Estudiantes defeated Independiente 2-4 in Avellaneda and won 0-1 and 1-2 in Colombia against Millonarios and Deportivo Cali, respectively. A 3-0 victory at home against Deportivo Cali was followed by a 0-0 draw vs Millonarios, which assured Estudiantes place into the Second round. Estudiantes will beat Independiente 2-0 in their last match of this phase.

Palmeiras was drawn into Group 5. They were joined by fellow Brazilian club Náutico and Venezuelan outfits Deportivo Portugués and Deportivo Galicia. Like Estudiatnes, Palmeiras started their campaign well with a 5-victory streak that assured them of a place in the Second round, with Tupãzinho, Ademir and Servílio being key players for the Verdão (tying 0-0 in their last, meaningless match against Náutico). The first match saw Palmeiras win in Recife 1-3 against Náutico. Two 1-2 away victories against the Venezuelan teams was followed by 1-0 win over Deportivo Galicia and a 2-0 triumph over Deportivo Portugués.

Second round and Semifinals[edit]

The Second round was another group phase. Estudiantes were drawn in Group A alongside Independiente and Universitario. Universitario propinated Estudiantes' first defeat in the tournament with a 1-0 win in Lima. However, Estudiantes came back strongly to win the rest of their matches. The pincharatas defeated, once again, Independiente home and away (1-0 and 1-2, respectively) and secured their place in the Semifinals with a 1-0 triumph over Universitario. In Group C, Tupãzinho, Ademir and Servílio continued to shine as Palmeiras made their way into the last four of the competition. A 4-1 rout of Universidad Católica was followed by a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Guaraní. Two hard-earned wins, one 0-1 scoreline in Santiago against Universidad Católica and a 2-1 win at home vs Guaraní, was enough to get Palmeiras through.

In the Semifinals, Estudiantes played against defending champions Racing. The first leg was played in La Plata. Estudiantes won the match 3−0 with goals from Roberto Perfumo and a brace from the emerging figure Juan Ramón Verón. The second leg, played at Avellaneda, was won by Racing 2-0 with goals by Humberto Maschio and Rubén Fucceneco. Since the series was tied on points (2-2 each), a playoff in Buenos Aires was contested; it ended in a 1-1 draw with Juan Carlos Cárdenas and Verón scoring for each of their clubs. Since the match finished in a tie, goal difference was taken into account and Estudiantes advanced to the finals.

Palmeiras' semifinal match-up was against Peñarol, three-time winners of the Copa Libertadores, in a rematch of the 1961 final which Peñarol won. This time, Palmeiras started out well winning the first leg, played at home in São Paulo, with a 1−0 with the goal coming from Tupãzinho. The second leg, played in Montevideo, ended with a 1-2 scoreline in favor of Palmeiras with a brace by Tupãzinho. Héctor Silva scored the manyas lone goal. With a point aggregate of 4-0, Palmeiras advanced to the finals.

Matches[edit]

First leg[edit]

May 2, 1968
Estudiantes Argentina 2–1 Brazil Palmeiras
Verón Goal 83'
Bocha Goal 87'
Servilio Goal 30'
ESTUDIANTES:
GK Argentina Alberto José Poletti
DF Argentina Rodolfo Fucceneco
DF Argentina Hugo Spadaro
DF Argentina Raúl Madero
DF Argentina Oscar Malbernat
MF Argentina Carlos Pachamé
MF Argentina Carlos Bilardo
MF Argentina Eduardo Flores
FW Argentina Felipe Ribaudo Substituted off
FW Argentina Marcos Conigliario
FW Argentina Juan Ramón Verón
Substitutes:
FW Argentina Luis Lavezzi Substituted in
Manager:
Argentina Osvaldo Zubeldía
PALMEIRAS:
GK Brazil Valdir Joaquim de Moraes
DF Brazil Geraldo da Silva
DF Brazil Baldocchi
DF Brazil Osmar
DF Brazil Gilberto
MF Brazil Ademir
MF Brazil Dudú
FW Brazil Suingue
FW Brazil Tupãzinho
FW Brazil Servílio
FW Brazil Rinaldo
Manager:
Argentina Alfredo González

Second leg[edit]

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)
PALMEIRAS:
GK Brazil Valdir Joaquim de Moraes
DF Brazil Escalera
DF Brazil Baldocchi
DF Brazil Osmar
DF Brazil Ferrari
MF Brazil Ademir
MF Brazil Dudú
FW Brazil Servílio Substituted off
FW Brazil Tupãzinho
FW Brazil Rinaldo
FW Brazil Suingue
Substitutes:
FW Brazil China Substituted in
Manager:
Argentina Alfredo González
ESTUDIANTES:
GK Argentina Alberto José Poletti
DF Argentina Hugo Spadaro
DF Argentina Raúl Madero
DF Argentina Rodolfo Fucceneco
DF Argentina Carlos Pachamé
DF Argentina Oscar Malbernat
MF Argentina Carlos Bilardo
MF Argentina Felipe Ribaudo
MF Argentina Eduardo Flores Substituted off
FW Argentina Marcos Conigliario
FW Argentina Juan Ramón Verón
Substitutes:
FW Argentina Néstor Togneri Substituted in
Manager:
Argentina Osvaldo Zubeldía

Playoff[edit]

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)
PALMEIRAS:
GK Brazil Valdir Joaquim de Moraes
DF Brazil Escalera
DF Brazil Baldocchi
DF Brazil Osmar
MF Brazil Ademir
MF Brazil Ferrari
MF Brazil Suingue
FW Brazil Dudú
FW Brazil Tupãzinho
FW Brazil Servílio Substituted off
FW Brazil Rinaldo
Substitutes:
FW Brazil China Substituted in
Manager:
Argentina Alfredo González
ESTUDIANTES:
GK Argentina Alberto José Poletti
DF Argentina Ramón Suárez
DF Argentina Raúl Madero
DF Argentina Oscar Malbernat
MF Argentina Carlos Pachamé
DF Argentina José Medina[disambiguation needed]
MF Argentina Carlos Bilardo
MF Argentina Eduardo Flores
FW Argentina Felipe Ribaudo
FW Argentina Marcos Conigliario
FW Argentina Juan Ramón Verón
Manager:
Argentina Osvaldo Zubeldía

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