1976 Copa Libertadores

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1976 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
Dates February 25 – July 30
Teams 21 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
Champions Brazil Cruzeiro (1st title)
Runners-up Argentina River Plate
Tournament statistics
Matches played 75
Goals scored 207 (2.76 per match)
1975
1977

The Copa Libertadores 1976 was the 17th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's annual international club tournament. The tournament began on February 23 and ended on July 30.

Cruzeiro won the competition, being the first Brazilian team, after Pelé's Santos FC, to win the continental competition. During the tournament, Cruzeiro suffered a great setback: the loss of the player Roberto Batata, who died in a car accident.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Team Qualification method
 Argentina
2 + 1 berths
Independiente 1975 Copa Libertadores champion
River Plate 1975 Metropolitano champion
1975 Nacional champion
Estudiantes 1975 Metropolitano runner-up
 Bolivia
2 berths
Guabirá 1975 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
Bolívar 1975 Copa Simón Bolívar runner-up
 Brazil
2 berths
Internacional 1975 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
Cruzeiro 1975 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up
 Chile
2 berths
Unión Española 1975 Primera División champion
Palestino 1975 Miniliga Pré-Libertadores champion
 Colombia
2 berths
Santa Fe 1975 Campeonato Profesional champion
Millonarios 1975 Campeonato Profesional runner-up
 Ecuador
2 berths
LDU Quito 1975 Serie A champion
Deportivo Cuenca 1975 Serie A runner-up
 Paraguay
2 berths
Olimpia 1975 Primera División champion
Sportivo Luqueño 1975 Primera División runner-up
 Peru
2 berths
Alianza Lima 1975 Descentralizado champion
Alfonso Ugarte 1975 Descentralizado runner-up
 Uruguay
2 berths
Peñarol 1975 Primera División champion
Nacional 1975 Primera División runner-up
 Venezuela
2 berths
Portuguesa 1975 Venezuelan champion
Deportivo Galicia 1975 Venezuelan Championship runner-up

The participating teams were divided into five groups, in which teams of the same country were placed in the same group. Each country was represented by two teams. The countries were paired as follows:

Group stage[edit]

Group 1 (Argentina, Venezuela)[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Argentina River Plate 10 6 5 0 1 10 3 +7
Argentina Estudiantes 9 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8
Venezuela Portuguesa 5 6 2 1 3 8 11 -3
Venezuela Deportivo Galicia 0 6 0 0 6 3 15 -12
  EST DGA POR RIV
Estudiantes 4-0 3-0 1-0
Deportivo Galicia 0-1 1-2 0-1
Portuguesa 2-2 3-1 0-2
River Plate 1-0 4-1 2-1

Group 2 (Bolivia, Ecuador)[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Ecuador LDU Quito 8 6 3 2 1 10 5 +5
Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca 8 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3
Bolivia Bolivar 6 6 3 0 3 16 11 5
Bolivia Guabirá 2 6 1 0 5 2 15 -13
  BOL DCU GUA LDU
Bolívar 4-2 7-1 3-2
Deportivo Cuenca 3-1 1-0 0-0
Guabirá 1-0 0-2 0-1
LDU Quito 2-1 1-1 4-0

Group 3 (Brazil, Paraguay)[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Brazil Cruzeiro 11 6 5 1 0 20 9 +11
Brazil Internacional 7 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2
Paraguay Olimpia 4 6 1 2 3 7 11 -4
Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño 2 6 1 0 5 5 14 -9
  CRU INT OLI SLU
Cruzeiro 5-4 4-1 4-1
Internacional 0-2 1-0 3-0
Olimpia 2-2 1-1 2-3
Sportivo Luqueño 1-3 0-1 0-1

Group 4 (Colombia, Peru)[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Peru Alianza Lima 8 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4
Colombia Millonarios 6 6 2 2 2 8 5 +3
Peru Alfonso Ugarte 6 6 1 4 1 5 8 -3
Colombia Santa Fe 4 6 1 2 3 7 11 -4
  AUG ALI ISF MIL
Alfonso Ugarte 0-0 2-1 1-1
Alianza Lima 0-0 3-0 2-1
Santa Fe 2-2 2-3 1-0
Millonarios 4-0 1-0 1-1

Group 5 (Chile, Uruguay)[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Uruguay Peñarol 8 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3
Chile Unión Española 8 6 3 2 1 5 3 +2
Chile Palestino 5 6 2 1 3 5 6 -1
Uruguay Nacional 3 6 0 3 3 5 9 -4
  NAC PAL PEN UES
Nacional 1-1 1-2 1-1
Palestino 2-1 1-0 0-1
Peñarol 1-1 2-1 0-1
Unión Española 2-0 1-0 0-0

Semi-finals[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Brazil Cruzeiro 8 4 4 0 0 18 3 15
Ecuador LDU Quito 2 4 1 0 3 4 10 -6
Peru Alianza Lima 2 4 1 0 3 4 13 -9
  ALI CRU LDU
Alianza Lima 0-4 2-0
Cruzeiro 7-1 4-1
LDU Quito 2-1 1-3

Group 2[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Argentina River Plate 5 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3
Argentina Independiente 5 4 2 1 3 2 1 +1
Uruguay Peñarol 2 4 1 0 3 1 5 -4
  IND PEN RIV
Independiente 1-0 0-1
Peñarol 0-1 1-0
River Plate 0-0 3-0

Playoffs[edit]

Date Location Home team Score Away team
16 July Buenos Aires River Plate Argentina 1 - 0 Argentina Independiente

Final[edit]

July 21, 1976
Cruzeiro Brazil 4 – 1 River Plate Argentina
Nelinho Goal 22'
Palhinha Goal 29', Goal 40'
Valdo Goal 80'
Más Goal 63'
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 58,720 (65,000)
Referee: Vicente Llobregat, Venezuela

July 28, 1976
River Plate Argentina 2 – 1 Cruzeiro Brazil
J. J. López Goal 10'
Pedro González Goal 76'
Palhinha Goal 48'

July 30, 1976
Cruzeiro Brazil 3 – 2 River Plate Argentina
Nelinho Goal 24'
Eduardo Goal 55'
Joãozinho Goal 88'
Más Goal 59'
Urquiza Goal 64'
Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Alberto Martínez, Chile
Copa Libertadores
1976 Champions
Brazil
Cruzeiro
First title

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