1979 Copa América

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1979 Copa América
Tournament details
Dates July 18 – December 12
Teams 10 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions  Paraguay (2nd title)
Runners-up  Chile
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Peru
Tournament statistics
Matches played 25
Goals scored 63 (2.52 per match)
Top scorer(s) Chile Jorge Peredo
Paraguay Eugenio Morel
(4 goals each)
Best player Chile Carlos Caszely[1]
1975
1983

The 1979 edition of the Copa América soccer tournament was played between July 10 and December 12. This time, the continental champion would not go to the FIFA World Cup. It was not held in a particular country, all matches were played on a home and away basis. Defending champions Peru were given a bye into the semi-finals.

First round[edit]

The teams were drawn into three groups, consisting of three teams each. Each team played twice (home and away) against the other teams in their group, with two points for a win, one point for a draw, nil points for a loss. The winner of each group advanced to the semi-finals.


Peru qualified automatically as holders for the semifinal.


Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Chile 4 2 1 1 10 2 +8 5
 Colombia 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3 5
 Venezuela 4 0 2 2 1 12 −11 2
August 1, 1979
Venezuela  0–0  Colombia
Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Luis Barrancos (Bolivia)

August 8, 1979
Venezuela  1–1  Chile
Carvajal Goal 70' Peredo Goal 81'
Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: César Pagano (Peru)

August 15, 1979
Colombia  1–0  Chile
Díaz Goal 21'
Estadio El Campín, Bogotá
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

August 22, 1979
Colombia  4–0  Venezuela
Iguarán Goal 17'
Valverde Goal 53'
Chaparro Goal 59'
Morón Goal 86'
Estadio El Campín, Bogotá
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Carlos Espósito (Argentina)

August 29, 1979
Chile  7–0  Venezuela
Peredo Goal 3'59'
Rivas Goal 38'54'
Véliz Goal 76'
Soto Goal 80'
Yañez Goal 84'
Páez Red card
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Enrique Labó (Peru)

September 5, 1979
Chile  2–0  Colombia
Caszely Goal 14'
Peredo Goal 58'
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Wilfredo Cáceres (Paraguay)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 5
 Bolivia 4 2 0 2 4 7 −3 4
 Argentina 4 1 1 2 7 6 +1 3
July 18, 1979
Bolivia  2–1  Argentina
Reynaldo Goal 29'66' López Goal 5'
Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sierra (Colombia)

July 26, 1979
Bolivia  2–1  Brazil
Aragonés Goal 36' (pen.)63' Roberto Dinamite Goal 30' (pen.)
Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sánchez (Colombia)

August 2, 1979
Brazil  2–1  Argentina
Zico Goal 2'
Tita Goal 54'
Coscia Goal 29'
Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 130,000
Referee: Edison Pérez (Peru)

August 8, 1979
Argentina  3–0  Bolivia
Passarella Goal 1'
Gáspari Goal 15'
Maradona Goal 65'

August 16, 1979
Brazil  2–0  Bolivia
Tita Goal 46'
Zico Goal 90'
Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: José Vergara Guerrero (Venezuela)

August 23, 1979
Argentina  2–2  Brazil
Passarella Goal 38'
Díaz Goal 71'
Gallego Red card
Sócrates Goal 17'65' (pen.)
Zico Red card
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 68,000
Referee: Roque Cerullo (Uruguay)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Paraguay 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 6
 Uruguay 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
 Ecuador 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 2
August 29, 1979
Ecuador  1–2  Paraguay
Torres Garcés Goal 64' (pen.) Report Talavera Goal 22'
Solalinde Goal 77'

September 5, 1979
Ecuador  2–1  Uruguay
Tenorio Goal 6'
Alarcón Goal 9'
Report Victorino Goal 79' (pen.)
Castillo Red card 65'

September 13, 1979
Paraguay  2–0  Ecuador
Morel Goal 27'
Osorio Goal 48'
Report
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Abel Gnecco (Argentina)

September 16, 1979
Uruguay  2–1  Ecuador
Bica Goal 4'
Victorino Goal 57' (pen)
Maneiro Red card 78'
Report Klinger Goal 77'
Granda Red card 57'
Ron Red card 81'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Oscar Scolfaro (Brazil)

September 20, 1979
Paraguay  0–0  Uruguay
Ovelar Red card 35' Report
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Sergio Vásquez (Chile)

September 26, 1979
Uruguay  2–2  Paraguay
Milar Goal 54' (pen.)
Paz Goal 83'
Report Morel Goal 34'88'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Edison Pérez (Peru)

Semifinals[edit]

October 17, 1979
Peru  1–2  Chile
Mosquera Goal 71' Caszely Goal 36'76'
Estadio Nacional, Lima
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Arppi Filho (Brazil)
October 24, 1979
Chile  0–0  Peru
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Cardellino (Uruguay)

October 24, 1979
Paraguay  2–1  Brazil
E. Morel Goal 16'
Talavera Goal 35'
Palhinha Goal 79'
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Barretto (Uruguay)
October 31, 1979
Brazil  2–2  Paraguay
Falcão Goal 29'
Sócrates Goal 61' (pk)
M. Morel Goal 31'
Romero Goal 68'
Maracaná, Río de Janeiro
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Espósito (Argentina)

Finals[edit]

November 28, 1979
Paraguay  3–0  Chile
Romero Goal 12'85'
M. Morel Goal 36'
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Luis Gregorio da Rosa (Uruguay)
December 5, 1979
Chile  1–0  Paraguay
Rivas Goal 10'
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Barreto (Uruguay)

Final play-off[edit]

December 11, 1979
Paraguay  0–0
(a.e.t.)
 Chile
Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Coelho (Brazil)
Paraguay won on aggregate goals. (3–1)

Result[edit]

 1979 Copa América Champion 

Paraguay
Second title

Goal scorers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Especial Copa America: Los Mejores Jugadores edición por edición" (in Spanish). Goal.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 

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