1976 Copa Libertadores Finals

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1976 Copa Libertadores Finals
Estadio Governador Magalhães PintoEstadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
Estadio Nacional de Chile
Event 1976 Copa Libertadores de América
Cruzeiro won the playoff 3–2.
First Leg
Date July 21, 1976
Venue Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Referee Vicente Llobregat (Venezuela)
Second Leg
Date July 28, 1976
Venue Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires
Referee José Martínez Bazán (Uruguay)
1975
1977

The 1976 Copa Libertadores Finals was the final two-legged tie to determine the 1976 Copa Libertadores champion. It was contested by Argentine club River Plate and Brazilian club Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. The first leg of the tie was played on July 21 at Cruzeiro' home field, with the second leg played on July 28 at River'. Cruzeiro and Boca Juniors played in their 1st Copa Libertadores finals.

Cruzeiro won the series after winning a tie-breaking playoff 3-2 at Santiago's Estadio Nacional de Chile.

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
Brazil Cruzeiro None
Argentina River Plate 1966

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]

Cruzeiro qualified to the 1976 Copa Libertadores as the 1975 Copa Brasil runners-up, defeated by Internacional 1-0 in the final match. River Plate qualified as champions of both 1975 Metropolitano and 1975 Nacional.

Cruzeiro Round River Plate
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

Group stage
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

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
Semi-finals
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

Group stage[edit]

River Plate was drawn into Group 1 alongside Estudiantes de La Plata, runners-up of the 1975 Metropolitano Championship, and Venezuelan sides Portuguesa and Deportivo Galicia. The millonarios cruised to the Semifinals after winning five of six matches, and losing just one. River won the three matches played at your home ground, scoring seven gols and suffering just two. River also won the two matches in Venezuela, against Portuguesa and Deportivo Galicia, by 2-0 and 1-0 respectively. The only defeat was against Estudiantes, in La Plata, by 0-1.

Cruzeiro was drawn into Group 3. They were joined by fellow Brazilian club Internacional and Paraguayan outfits Olimpia and Sportivo Luqueño. Like River Plate, Cruzeiro made a campaign with five wins in six matches, with the difference that the Brazilian club tied a game instead of losing. Cruzeiro won the three matches played at your home ground scoring thirteen goals and suffering six. Cruzeiro also won Internacional in Porto Alegre and Sportivo Luqueño in Luque, but tied 2-2 against Olimpia in Asunción.

Semi-finals[edit]

The Semifinals round was another group phase. Cruzeiro were drown in Group 1 alongside LDU Quito and Alianza Lima. This time, Cruzeiro won all their four matches including the historic 7-1 drubbing against Alianza Lima. It was the first game after the death of striker Roberto Batata, killed in an automobile accident. To honor his companion, players of Cruzeiro scored seven goals, which is the number of the shirt that was worn by Batata. Cruzeiro advanced to the finals with a 100% success.

In the Semifinals, River Plate played against defending champions Independiente and the Uruguayan club Peñarol. The two Argentine clubs finished tied on stage five points apiece, necessitating a playoff, where River Plate won Independiente by 1-0.

Matches[edit]

First leg[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
Cruzeiro
River Plate
CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 Brazil Raul
DF ' Brazil Nelinho
DF 3 Brazil Moraes
DF ' Brazil Darci
DF ' Brazil Vanderlei
MF ' Brazil Piazza Substituted off
MF ' Brazil Eduardo Substituted off
MF ' Brazil Zé Carlos
FW ' Brazil Jairzinho
FW 10 Brazil Joãozinho
FW ' Brazil Palhinha
Substitutes:
MF ' Brazil Valdo Substituted in
MF ' Brazil Ronaldo Substituted in
Manager:
Brazil Zezé Moreira


Man of the Match: Palhinha

Assistant Referees:

RIVER PLATE:
GK Argentina Ubaldo Fillol Substituted off
DF Argentina Pablo Comelles
DF Argentina Roberto Perfumo
DF Argentina Daniel Lonardi
DF Argentina Hector López
MF Argentina Juan José López
MF Argentina Reinaldo Merlo
MF 16 Argentina Alejandro Sabella
FW Argentina Pedro Alexis González
FW 9 Argentina Leopoldo Luque
FW Argentina Oscar Más
Substitutes:
GK 12 Argentina Luís Landaburu Substituted in
Manager:
Argentina Ángel Labruna

Second leg[edit]

July 28, 1976
River Plate Argentina 2 – 1 Cruzeiro Brazil
J. J. López Goal 10'
Pedro González Goal 76'
Palhinha Goal 48'
River Plate
Cruzeiro
RIVER PLATE:
GK 12 Argentina Luís Landaburu
DF Argentina Pablo Comelles
DF Argentina Roberto Perfumo
DF Argentina Daniel Passarella
DF Argentina Hector López Substituted off
MF Argentina Juan José López
MF Argentina Reinaldo Merlo
MF 10 Argentina Norberto Alonso
FW Argentina Pedro Alexis González
FW 9 Argentina Leopoldo Luque
FW Argentina Oscar Más Substituted off
Substitutes:
DF Argentina Daniel Lonardi Substituted in
FW 16 Argentina Alejandro Sabella Substituted in
Manager:
Argentina Ángel Labruna


Man of the Match:

Assistant Referees:

CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 Brazil Raul
DF ' Brazil Nelinho
DF 3 Brazil Moraes
DF ' Brazil Darci
DF ' Brazil Vanderlei
MF ' Brazil Piazza
MF ' Brazil Eduardo Substituted off
MF ' Brazil Zé Carlos
FW ' Brazil Jairzinho
FW 10 Brazil Joãozinho
FW ' Brazil Palhinha
Substitutes:
MF ' Brazil Ronaldo Substituted in
Manager:
Brazil Zezé Moreira

Playoff[edit]

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'
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 35,182
Referee: Alberto Martínez, Chile
Cruzeiro
River Plate
CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 Brazil Raul
DF ' Brazil Nelinho
DF 3 Brazil Moraes
DF ' Brazil Darci
DF ' Brazil Vanderlei
MF ' Brazil Piazza Substituted off
MF ' Brazil Eduardo
MF ' Brazil Zé Carlos
FW ' Brazil Ronaldo
FW 10 Brazil Joãozinho
FW ' Brazil Palhinha
Substitutes:
MF ' Brazil Valdo Substituted in
Manager:
Brazil Zezé Moreira


Man of the Match: Joãozinho

Assistant Referees:

RIVER PLATE:
GK 12 Argentina Luís Landaburu
DF Argentina Pablo Comelles
DF Argentina Héctor Artico
DF Argentina Daniel Lonardi
DF Argentina Urquiza
MF 16 Argentina Alejandro Sabella
MF Argentina Reinaldo Merlo
MF 10 Argentina Norberto Alonso
FW Argentina Pedro Alexis González
FW 9 Argentina Leopoldo Luque
FW Argentina Oscar Más Substituted off
Substitutes:
FW 20 Argentina Crespo Substituted in
Manager:
Argentina Ángel Labruna

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