1972 Copa Libertadores

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1972 Copa Libertadores
1972 Copa Libertadores de América
1972 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
Dates January 30 – May 24
Teams 20 (from 10 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Argentina Independiente (3rd title)
Runners-up Peru Universitario
Tournament statistics
Matches played 68
Goals scored 175 (2.57 per match)
Top scorer(s) Peru Oswaldo Ramírez (6)
Peru Percy Rojas (6)
Peru Teófilo Cubillas (6)
Brazil Toninho (6)
1971
1973

The 1972 Copa Libertadores was the 13th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's the annual club tournament. Independiente of Argentina defeated Universitario de Deportes of Peru in the finals, and became the second team in the tournament's history to win three title. They would go on and face the winner of the 1971-72 European Cup in the Intercontinental Cup.

Format[edit]

The tournament was divided into three phases. The first phase had 19 teams divided into four round-robin groups of four and one group of three (defending champions Nacional received a bye to the second phase). Each group had clubs from two different countries. The winners of each group advanced the second phase. Five teams joined the defending champions in two round-robin groups of three. The winners of each group advance to play in the finals. The winner of the finals, and tournament champions, are determined by points (two for a win, one for tie).

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Team Qualify method
 Argentina
2 berths
Independiente 1971 Metropolitan Championship winners
Rosario Central 1971 National Championship winners
 Bolivia
2 berths
Oriente Petrolero 1971 Copa Simon Bolívar winners
Chaco Petrolero 1971 Copa Simon Bolívar runners-up
 Brazil
2 berth
Atlético Mineiro 1971 Campeonato Brasileiro winners
São Paulo 1971 Campeonato Brasileiro runners-up
 Chile
2 berths
Unión San Felipe 1971 Chilean league winners
Universidad de Chile 1971 Chilean league runners-up
 Colombia
2 berths
Santa Fe 1971 Copa Mustang winners
Atlético Nacional 1971 Copa Mustang runners-up
 Ecuador
2 berths
Barcelona 1971 Ecuadorian league winners
América 1971 Ecuadorian league runners-up
 Paraguay
2 berths
Cerro Porteño 1971 Paraguayan league winners
Olimpia 1971 Paraguayan league runners-up
 Peru
2 berths
Universitario 1971 Peruvian league winners
Alianza Lima 1971 Peruvian league runners-up
 Uruguay
1+1 berth
Nacional 1971 Copa Libertadores champions
Peñarol 1971 Uruguayan league runners-up
 Venezuela
2 berths
Valencia 1971 Venezuelan league winners
Deportivo Italia 1971 Venezuelan league runners-uo

First phase[edit]

One team from each group qualified to the second group stage.

  • Two points were given for a win;
  • One point was given for a tie;
  • No points were given for a loss;
  • Teams in green qualified for the second group stage;

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Independiente 6 4 2 0 13 5 0 10
Argentina Rosario Central 6 3 2 1 8 5 0 8
Colombia Santa Fe 6 1 2 3 4 9 0 4
Colombia Atlético Nacional 6 0 2 4 3 9 0 2
  NAC IND SF ROC
Atlético Nacional 1–1 0–1 0–1
Independiente 2–0 2–0 2–0
Santa Fe 1–1 2–4 0–0
Rosario Central 3–1 2–2 2–0

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ecuador Barcelona 6 3 3 0 8 3 5 9
Ecuador América 6 3 1 2 9 7 2 7
Bolivia Oriente Petrolero 6 2 2 2 10 7 3 6
Bolivia Chaco Petrolero 6 1 0 5 3 13 -10 2
  AME BAR CHA ORI
América 0–0 1–0 3–0
Barcelona 2–1 3–0 1–1
Chaco Petrolero 1–2 1–2 1–0
Oriente Petrolero 4–2 0–0 5–0

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil São Paulo 6 3 2 1 12 6 6 8
Paraguay Cerro Porteño 6 2 2 2 7 11 -4 6
Paraguay Olimpia 6 1 3 2 7 8 -1 5
Brazil Atlético Mineiro 6 0 5 1 5 6 -1 5
  MIN CER OLI SÃO
Atlético Mineiro 1–1 0–0 2–2
Cerro Porteño 1–0 1–3 3–2
Olimpia 2–21 1–1 0–1
São Paulo 0–0 4–0 3–1

1The game was suspended at 2–2 because Atlético Mineiro was left with 6 players.

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Peru Universitario 6 3 2 1 9 6 3 8
Chile Universidad de Chile 6 3 0 3 12 12 0 6
Peru Alianza Lima 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 6
Chile Unión San Felipe 6 1 2 3 5 8 -3 4
  ALI USF UCH UNI
Alianza Lima 1–0 3–4 2–2
Unión San Felipe 0–0 3–2 0–0
Universidad Chile 2–3 2–1 1–0
Universitario 2–1 3–1 2–1

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 4 4 0 0 12 3 9 8
Venezuela Deportivo Italia 4 1 1 2 4 7 -3 3
Venezuela Valencia 4 0 1 3 3 9 -6 1
  PEÑ ITA VAL
Peñarol 5–1 4–1
Deportivo Italia 0–1 2–0
Valencia 1–2 1–1

Second phase[edit]

Semi-final A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Peru Universitario 4 1 2 1 9 7 2 4
Uruguay Nacional 4 1 2 1 7 7 0 4
Uruguay Peñarol 4 1 2 1 5 7 -2 4
  NAC PEÑ UNI
Nacional 1–1 3–3
Peñarol 0–3 1–1
Universitario 3–0 2–3

Semi-final B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Independiente 4 2 1 1 4 2 2 5
Brazil São Paulo 4 1 2 1 2 3 -1 4
Ecuador Barcelona 4 0 3 1 2 3 -1 3
  BAR IND SÃO
Barcelona 1–1 0–0
Independiente 1–01 2–0
São Paulo 1–1 1–0

1Barcelona abandoned the match at that score; results stood.

Final[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Independiente 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
Peru Universitario 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
May 17, 1972
Universitario Peru 0 – 0 Argentina Independiente
Estadio Nacional
Lima, Peru
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Marques (Brazil)

May 24, 1972
Independiente Argentina 2 – 1 Peru Universitario
Maglioni Goal 6' Goal 61' Rojas Goal 79'
Estadio de Independiente
Avellaneda, Argentina
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Favilli Neto (Brazil)

Champion[edit]

Copa Libertadores
1972 Champions
Argentina
Independiente
Third Title

External links[edit]