2008 Copa Libertadores Finals

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2008 Copa Libertadores Finals
Estadio Casa BlancaEstádio do Maracanã
Event 2008 Copa Santander Libertadores de América
LDU Quito won the penalty shootout 3–1
First leg
Date June 25, 2008
Venue Estadio Casa Blanca, Quito
Referee Carlos Chandía
Attendance 62,262
Second leg
Date July 2, 2008
Venue Estádio Mario Filho (Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro
Man of the Match José Francisco Cevallos
Referee Héctor Baldassi
Attendance 86,027
2007
2009

The 2008 Copa Libertadores Finals was a two-legged football match-up to determine the 2008 Copa Libertadores champion. The series was contested between Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito from Quito, Ecuador, and Fluminense Football Club from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, both of whom were playing in their first finals. The first leg was played at LDU Quito's home field, La Casa Blanca in Quito, Ecuador on June 25, 2008; the second leg was played at Fluminense's home field, Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 2, 2008. LDU Quito won the final on penalties 3–1, after each team won a game apiece, and eqaulized on goal difference after the end of extra-time of the second leg.

Finals rules[edit]

Like other match-ups in the knockout round, the teams will play two games, one at each team's home stadium. As the highest seeded team determined at the beginning of the knockout stage, Fluminense had home-field advantage for the second leg. Unlike other Copa Libertadores match-ups in the knockout round, the away goals rule is not used. If the teams remained tied after 90 minutes of play during the 2nd leg, extra time will be used, followed by a penalty shootout if necessary.

Route to the finals[edit]

Group 8 of the Second Stage[edit]

Final Group 8 standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Fluminense 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13
Ecuador LDU Quito 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10
Argentina Arsenal 6 3 0 3 6 14 −8 9
Paraguay Libertad 6 1 0 5 5 10 −5 3

Fluminense and LDU Quito both started in the Second Stage and were drawn into Group 8 along with Arsenal of Argentina and Libertad of Paraguay. Their first match was against each other in La Casa Blanca in Quito. The game ended in a goal-less draw.

LDU Quito then hosted Libertad on March 4. Patricio Urrutia and Joffre Guerrón scored for LDU Quito to give them a 2–0 win. They then visited Arsenal in Buenos Aires on March 12. Patricio Urrutia scored the loan goal of the game. The roles were reversed as LDU Quito hosted Arsenal on March 26. Liga walloped Arsenal 6–1 with goals by Patricio Urrutia, Damián Manso, Luis Bolaños (2), Claudio Bieler, and Alfonso Obregón; Luciano Leguizamón scored for Arsenal. On April 8, Liga travelled to Asuncion to play Libertad, where they lost 3–1. Alfonso Obregón scored the lone goal for Liga.

After the first game against Liga, Fluminense hosted Arsenal on March 5. The drubbing ended 6–0 in favor of Flu. Thiago Neves, Dodô (2), Gabriel, Washington, and Cícero provided the scores. Flu then travelled to Asuncion to face Libertad on March 19. Washington scored twice to give Flu a 2–1 win. Flu then played host for Libertad in a game that ended in a 2–0 win for Fluminense. Cícero and Thiago Silva provided the scores. Fluminense then travlled to Buenos Aires to play Arsenal on April 8. They were beat 2–0.

The last match of group play for LDU Quito and Fluminense was against each other on April 17. Cícero scored the only goal of the game to give Fluminense a 1–0 win. The win gave Fluminense the group. Fluminense and LDU Quito finished 1 & 2 with 13 and 10 points, respectively, and each advanced to the Round of 16 as the 1st and 11th seed.

Fluminense in the knockout stage[edit]

Fluminense was seeded 1 for the knockout stage, guaranteeing home field advantage for the second leg of any series. In the round of 16, they faced Atlético Nacional of Colombia, whom they defeated on aggregate 3-1 (2-1 & 1-0). In the quarter-finals, they faced fellow Brazilian side São Paulo. They won on aggregate 3-2 (0-1 & 3-1). In the semi-finals, they face defending Copa Libertadores champions Boca Juniors. After tying 2-2 on the first leg, the won 3-1 in the second leg to advance to their first Copa Libertadores finals.

LDU Quito in the knockout stage[edit]

LDU Quito was seeded 12 for the knockout stage. In the Round of 16, they faced Estudiantes, whom they beat on aggregate 3-2 (2-0 & 1-2) to advance. They faced another Argentine team, San Lorenzo in the quarter-finals. After tying 1-1 in both legs, the teams went into penalties, where LDU Quito triumphed 5-3. In the semi-finals, they faced Club América of Mexico. They tied both legs 1-1 in Mexico City and 0-0 in Quito. Since LDU Quito scored an away goal, they won the series and advanced to their first Copa Libertadores finals.


Fluminense LDU Quito
Colombia Atlético Nacional
A
2–1
Thiago Neves 22'
Conca 76'
Round of 16
First leg
Argentina Estudiantes
H
2–0
Guerrón 64'
Manso 78'
Colombia Atlético Nacional
H
1–0
Roger 52' Second leg Argentina Estudiantes
A
1–2
Bolaños 26'
Brazil São Paulo
A
0–1
Quarterfinals
First leg
Argentina San Lorenzo
A
1–1
Bieler 35'
Brazil São Paulo
H
3–1
Washington 11', 90+1'
Dodô 71'
Second leg Argentina San Lorenzo
H
1–1
(p. 5–3)
Manso 26'
Argentina Boca Juniors
A
2–2
Thiago Silva 16'
Thiago Neves 76'
Semifinals
First leg
Mexico América
A
1–1
Bolaños 62'
Argentina Boca Juniors
H
3–1
Washington 63'
Ibarra 71' (o.g.)
Dodô 90+3'
Second leg Mexico América
H
0–0

Finals summary[edit]

First leg[edit]

The First Leg was played in front of a capacity crowd at Estadio Casa Blanca in Quito. Claudio Bieler of LDU Quito scored first in the 2nd minute, but Fluminense answered back with a goal by Darío Conca in the 12th minute. LDU Quito scored three unanswered goals by the end of the half with goals by Joffre Guerrón (29'), Jairo Campos (34'), and Patricio Urrutia (45'). Thiago Neves scored again for Fluminense with the only goal of the second half at the 52nd minute. The final score left LDU Quito with a 2-goal advantage going into the next leg.

June 25, 2008
19:50 (UTC-5)
LDU Quito Ecuador 4 – 2 Brazil Fluminense
Bieler Goal 2'
Guerrón Goal 29'
Campos Goal 34'
Urrutia Goal 45'
Report Conca Goal 12'
Thiago Neves Goal 52'
Estadio Casa Blanca, Quito
Attendance: 55,359
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)
LDU Quito
Fluminense
LDU QUITO:
GK 1 Ecuador José Francisco Cevallos
DF 3 Ecuador Renán Calle
DF 2 Argentina Norberto Araujo Booked 61'
DF 23 Ecuador Jairo Campos
FW 19 Ecuador Joffre Guerrón
MF 20 Paraguay Enrique Vera Booked 22'
MF 8 Ecuador Patricio Urrutia (c) Booked 88'
DF 4 Ecuador Paúl Ambrosi
MF 7 Ecuador Luis Bolaños
MF 21 Argentina Damián Manso Substituted off 74'
FW 16 Argentina Claudio Bieler Booked 41' Substituted off 82'
Substitutes:
GK 25 Ecuador Daniel Viteri
FW 9 Ecuador Agustín Delgado Substituted in 82'
MF 5 Ecuador Alfonso Obregón
MF 14 Ecuador Diego Calderón
FW 11 Ecuador Franklin Salas
MF 15 Ecuador William Araujo Substituted in 74'
MF 22 Ecuador Edder Vaca
Manager:
Argentina Edgardo Bauza
FLUMINENSE:
GK 1 Brazil Fernando Henrique
DF 2 Brazil Gabriel
DF 3 Brazil Thiago Silva
DF 4 Brazil Luiz Alberto (c) Booked 28'
DF 6 Brazil Júnior César
MF 5 Brazil Ygor Booked 43'
MF 8 Brazil Arouca Substituted off 67'
MF 17 Brazil Cícero
MF 18 Argentina Darío Conca
MF 10 Brazil Thiago Neves Substituted off 90'
FW 9 Brazil Washington Booked 68' Substituted off 72'
Substitutes:
GK 12 Brazil Diego
DF 13 Brazil Roger Substituted in 90'
FW 11 Brazil Dodô Substituted in 72'
MF 14 Brazil Fabinho
MF 15 Brazil Maurício Substituted in 67'
FW 23 Brazil Alan
FW 24 Brazil Tartá
Manager:
Brazil Renato Portaluppi

Assistant referees:
Chile Cristian Julio
Chile Lorenzo Acuña
Fourth official:
Chile Enrique Osses

Second leg[edit]

The Second Leg was played in front of a capacity crowd at the legendary Maracanã in a game that would crown the South American champions. Luis Bolaños of LDU Quito scored first in the 6th minute to put LDU Quito up 1–0 in the game, and a three-goal advantage. Fluminense answered back with a hat-trick by Thiago Neves who scored goals in the 12th, 28th, and 56th minute. The score at the end of regulation was 3–1, leaving both teams equal on goal difference; extra-time was needed. After a scoreless extra-time, the game went on to a penalty shootout. LDU Quito goalkeeper José Francisco Cevallos blocked three of four penalty kicks, while his teammates put in three of four to give LDU Quito the win, and their first Copa Libertadores title.

Fluminense
LDU Quito
FLUMINENSE:
GK 1 Brazil Fernando Henrique
DF 2 Brazil Gabriel Substituted off 105'
DF 3 Brazil Thiago Silva Booked 106'
DF 4 Brazil Luiz Alberto (c) Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 65', 120'
DF 6 Brazil Júnior César
MF 5 Brazil Ygor Substituted off 46'
MF 8 Brazil Arouca Substituted off 110'
MF 17 Brazil Cícero Booked 87'
MF 18 Argentina Darío Conca
MF 10 Brazil Thiago Neves
FW 9 Brazil Washington
Substitutes:
GK 12 Brazil Ricardo Berna
FW 7 Brazil Somália
FW 11 Brazil Dodô Substituted in 46'
DF 13 Brazil Roger Substituted in 110'
MF 14 Brazil Fabinho
MF 15 Brazil Maurício Substituted in 105'
FW 24 Brazil Tartá
Manager:
Brazil Renato Gaúcho
LDU QUITO:
GK 1 Ecuador José Francisco Cevallos Booked 118'
DF 23 Ecuador Jairo Campos
DF 3 Ecuador Renán Calle
DF 2 Argentina Norberto Araujo
DF 4 Ecuador Paúl Ambrosi
FW 19 Ecuador Joffre Guerrón Booked 120'
MF 20 Paraguay Enrique Vera Booked 62'
MF 8 Ecuador Patricio Urrutia (c)
MF 7 Ecuador Luis Bolaños Substituted off 105'
MF 21 Argentina Damián Manso Substituted off 88'
FW 16 Argentina Claudio Bieler Booked 31'
Substitutes:
GK 25 Ecuador Daniel Viteri
MF 14 Ecuador Diego Calderón
MF 5 Ecuador Alfonso Obregón
FW 9 Ecuador Agustín Delgado
DF 18 Ecuador Byron Camacho
MF 15 Ecuador William Araujo Substituted in 88'
FW 11 Ecuador Franklin Salas Substituted in 105'
Manager:
Argentina Edgardo Bauza

Man of the Match:
Ecuador José Francisco Cevallos

Assistant referees:
Argentina Ricardo Casas
Argentina Hernán Maidana
Fourth official:
Argentina Saúl Laverni

Aftermath[edit]

Prior to the matches, Fluminense was favored to win since they had eliminated the defending champion (Boca Juniors) in the semifinals, and defeated LDU Quito in an earlier encounter at Maracanã. Following the surprise loss in Quito, pressure was on Fluminense to win at home. When LDU Quito sealed the deal at Maracanã, the media dubbed the match a "Maracanazo", a slang term in Latin American football given to a game at Maracanã where the underdog team upsets the hosts. As the hosts were expected to win, that the celebratory confetti for the award presentation was in Fluminense's color.

LDU Quito had won their first Copa Libertadores title, becoming the first Ecuadorian team to do so. The title is also the first international title ever won by a team from Ecuador. LDU Quito captain Patricio Urrutia was named player of the finals, and Joffre Guerrón was named player of the tournament. By winning the tournament, LDU Quito won the right to represent South American in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup, for which they qualify directly to the semi-finals. LDU Quito winning the Copa Libertadores was called historic by major newspapers that followed the competition, and won praise throughout the continent.

Throughout the tournament, the team and its player gained wide support from across Ecuador, not just by their typical fan-base in Quito. Following the win, they were publicly applauded by every sector of Ecuadorian society and government, and were treated as heroes upon their return to the country.

Currently, this year's finals hold or shares two Copa Libertadores Finals records: most goals in a single game (6) for Game 1; most goals in two legs (10).

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