2009 Copa Libertadores Finals

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2009 Copa Libertadores Finals
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
Event 2009 Copa Santander Libertadores de América
Estudiantes won 4–1 on points.
First Leg
Date July 8, 2009
Venue Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata
Man of the Match Fábio
Referee Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
Second Leg
Date July 15, 2009
Venue Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto (Mineirão), Belo Horizonte
Man of the Match Juan Sebastián Verón
Referee Carlos Chandía (Chile)
2008
2010

The 2009 Copa Libertadores Finals was the final two-legged tie to determine the 2009 Copa Libertadores champion. It was contested by Argentine club Estudiantes and Brazilian club Cruzeiro. The first leg of the tie was played on July 8 at Estudiantes' home field, with the second leg played on July 15 at Cruzeiro's.

Cruzeiro and Estudiantes played in their 4th and 5th Copa Libertadores finals, respectively. Cruzeiro last appearance was in 1997, in which they beat Sporting Cristal for their second title. Estudiantes is returning after a 39 year absence. Their last finals appearance was in 1971, in which they lost to Uruguayan club Nacional.

Estudiantes won the tie 4 points to 1 to earn their fourth Copa Libertadores title.[1]

Rules[edit]

The final will be played over two legs, each at a finalists home venue. The higher seeded team will play the second leg at home. The team that accumulates the most points —three for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs will be crowned the champion. Unlike the previous rounds, the away-goals rule will not be used. Should the two teams be tied on points after the second leg, the team with the best goal difference will win. If the two teams have equal goal difference, extra time will be used. The extra time will consist of two 15-minute halves. If the tie is still not broken, a penalty shoot-out, constituting of a maximum of five penalties per team, will ensue according to the Laws of the Game (although it is possible to win the penalty shootout before the fifth penalty kick is taken). If there is no clear winner after the 10 penalty kicks, then a sudden-death penalty shootout will ensue.

Route to the Finals[edit]

Cruzeiro qualified to the 2009 Copa Libertadores as the 3rd place team in the 2008 Série A. This gave them the Brazil 3 spot and a direct qualification into the Second Stage. Estudiantes qualified into the Argentina 5 spot by having the 2nd best average of the 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura, & 2008 Apertura tournaments. The spot qualified them into the First Stage.

Estudiantes in the First Stage[edit]

Estudiantes started this year's Copa Libertadores run in the First Stage in a two-legged tie against Peruvian club Sporting Cristal for a spot in Group 5. Sporting Cristial took the first leg, played in Lima, 2−1. Enzo Pérez scored the lone goal for Estudiantes. In the second leg, Estudiantes' Ramón Lentini scored the lone goal of the match, assuring that Estudiantes advanced to the Second Stage on the away goals tie-breaker.

Group 5 of the Second Stage[edit]

Final Group 5 standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Cruzeiro 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13
Argentina Estudiantes 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 10
Ecuador Deportivo Quito 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8
Bolivia Universitario de Sucre 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2

Cruzeiro was drawn into Group 5, with Estudiantes advancing into it. They were joined by the defending Ecuadorian champion, Deportivo Quito, and the Bolivian 2008 Apertura champion, Universitario de Sucre. Their first group match was against each other in Belo Horizonte. Cruziero won 3−0 with goals by Fernandinho and Kléber (two). The next group match between the both of them was their respective fifth group-play match. Playing in La Plata, Estudiantes won 4−0 with goals by Juan Sebastián Verón, Gastón Fernández, and Cristian Sánchez Prette (two).

Cruzeiro second group match was on the road against Deportivo Quito. Ramires scored for Cruzeiro before Giovanny Caicedo tied it for Deportivo Quito. They stayed on the road (to Sucre) to play Universitario. Thiago Ribeiro scored the lone goal of the match to get the win. The next two game Cruziero played were at home. Universitario visited first and lost the match thanks to two goals by Wellington Paulista. In Cruzeiro's last match of group play, they played host to Deportivo Quito, whom they beat 2−0 with goals by Léo Fortunato and Wagner.

Estudiantes continued group play by hosting Universitario. Juan Manuel Salgueiro scored the only goal for Estudiantes, and subsequently the win. They then went to Quito to play Deportivo Quito. Estudiantes lost the match 1−0. Deportivo Quito then visited Estudiantes for their next match. Estudiantes soundly won the match 4−0 thanks to a goal by Enzo Pérez and a hat-trick by Mauro Boselli. Estudiantes' last match of group play ended in a scoreless tie against Universitario.

Cruzeiro and Estudiantes finished 1 & 2, respectively, which advanced them to the Round of 16.

Cruzeiro in the knockout stages[edit]

Cruzeiro was seeded 5 for the last stages of the tournament. In the round of 16, they played against Chilean club Universidad de Chile (seeded 12). The first leg was played in Santiago. Cruziero won the match 1−2 with goals by Soares and Marquinhos Paraná. second leg, played at home, was won by a lone goal from Kléber. Cruzeiro advanced on points 6−0.

Cruzeiro's quarterfinal match-up was against fellow Brazilian side São Paulo (seeded 4). The first leg, played at home, was won 2−1 with goals by Leonardo Silva and Zé Carlos. The second leg, played in São Paulo, was also won 0−2 with goals by Henrique and Kléber. Cruzeiro advanced on points 6−0.

Cruzeiro's semifinal match-up was against another Brazilian side, top-seeded Grêmio. Cruzeiro won the first leg 3−1 thanks to goals by Wellington Paulista, Wágner, and Fabinho. The second leg, played in Porto Alegre, ended in a 2−2 tie. Wellington Paulista scored twice for Cruzeiro in as many minutes, but Grêmio came back and tied it in the second half. Cruzeiro advanced 4−1 on points.

As of the finals, Cruzeiro is the most effective team in the tournament, with an efficacy rating of 80.56% (9 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss).

Estudiantes in the knockout stages[edit]

Estudiantes was seeded 10 for the last stages of the tournament. Estudiantes' round of 16 match-up was against Paraguayan club Libertad. Seeded 7, Libertad was the first team to advance to the round of 16. Estudiantes won the first match 3−0 with goals by Gastón Fernández (with the fastest goal of the tournament) and Mauro Boselli (2). A 0−0 tie was enough in the second leg to advance Estudiantes 4−1 on points.

The quarterfinals match-up was against Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting (seeded 15). Estudiantes won both legs 1−0 with goals by Leandro Desábato (first leg) and Leandro Benítez (second leg). Estudiantes advanced 6−0 on points.

In the semifinals, Estudiantes met another Uruguayan club, 3 seeded Nacional. In the first leg, played at home, Estudiantes won with a lone goal by Diego Galván. In the second leg, Estudiantes won 1−2 with a pair of goals by Mauro Boselli. Estudiantes advanced 6−0 on points.

As of the finals, Estudiantes has an effecacy rating of 69.05% (9 wins, 2 draws, 3 loss). Striker Mauro Boselli is currently tied as the top-scorer of the tournament, with 7 goals.

Knockout stages summary[edit]

Cruzeiro Estudiantes
Chile Universidad de Chile
A
2–1
Soares 8'
Marquinhos Paraná 52'
Round of 16
First leg
Paraguay Libertad
H
3–0
Fernández 1'
Boselli 64' (pen.), 70'
Chile Universidad de Chile
H
1–0
Kléber 74' Second leg Paraguay Libertad
A
0–0
Brazil São Paulo
H
2–1
Leonardo Silva 45'
Zé Carlos 66'
Quarterfinals
First leg
Uruguay Defensor Sporting
A
1–0
Desábato 12'
Brazil São Paulo
A
2–0
Henrique 65'
Kléber 81' (pen.)
Second leg Uruguay Defensor Sporting
H
1–0
Benítez 13'
Brazil Grêmio
H
3–1
Wellington Paulista 38'
Wagner 47'
Fabinho 67'
Semifinals
First leg
Uruguay Nacional
H
1–0
Galván 14'
Brazil Grêmio
A
2–2
Wellington Paulista 34', 36' Second leg Uruguay Nacional
A
2–1
Boselli 52', 90+1'

Matches[edit]

First leg[edit]

July 8, 2009
21:50 (UTC-3)
Estudiantes Argentina 0 – 0 Brazil Cruzeiro
Report
Estudiantes
Cruzeiro
ESTUDIANTES:
GK 21 Argentina Mariano Andújar
RB 3 Argentina Christian Cellay
DF 14 Argentina Rolando Schiavi Booked 26'
DF 2 Argentina Leandro Desábato Booked 66'
LB 16 Argentina Germán Ré
MF 22 Argentina Rodrigo Braña
MF 8 Argentina Enzo Pérez
MF 11 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón
MF 23 Argentina Leandro Benítez Booked 14' Substituted off 75'
FW 17 Argentina Mauro Boselli
FW 10 Argentina Gastón Fernández Substituted off 82'
Substitutes:
GK 25 Argentina Damián Albil
DF 13 Uruguay Juan Díaz
DF 6 Argentina Federico Fernández
MF 5 Argentina Matías Sánchez
MF 18 Argentina Maximiliano Núñez Substituted in 75'
FW 9 Argentina José Calderón
FW 7 Uruguay Juan Salgueiro Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Argentina Alejandro Sabella
CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 Brazil Fábio
RB 2 Brazil Jonathan
DF 22 Brazil Leonardo Silva
DF 3 Brazil Anderson
LB 20 Brazil Gérson Magrão Booked 64' Substituted off 86'
DM 7 Brazil Marquinhos Paraná
DM 15 Brazil Henrique
AM 8 Brazil Ramires
AM 10 Brazil Wágner Booked 39'
FW 9 Brazil Wellington Paulista Booked 84'
FW 25 Brazil Kléber Booked 41'
Substitutes:
GK 12 Brazil Andrey
DF 14 Brazil Jancarlos
MF 21 Brazil Fabinho Substituted in 86'
MF 17 Brazil Elicarlos
MF 16 Brazil Bernardo
FW 11 Brazil Thiago Ribeiro
FW 18 Brazil Zé Carlos
Manager:
Brazil Adílson Batista

Man of the Match:
Brazil Fábio

Assistant referees:
Uruguay Pablo Fandiño
Uruguay Mauricio Espinosa
Fourth official:
Uruguay Martín Vázquez

Second leg[edit]

Cruzeiro
Estudiantes
CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 Brazil Fábio
RB 2 Brazil Jonathan
DF 22 Brazil Leonardo Silva
DF 4 Brazil Thiago Heleno
LB 20 Brazil Gérson Magrão
CM 7 Brazil Marquinhos Paraná
CM 15 Brazil Henrique
PM 8 Brazil Ramires
AM 10 Brazil Wágner Substituted off 71'
FW 9 Brazil Wellington Paulista Substituted off 74'
FW 25 Brazil Kléber Booked 37'
Substitutes:
GK 12 Brazil Andrey
LB 18 Brazil Athirson Substituted in 71'
MF 5 Brazil Fabrício
MF 21 Brazil Fabinho
MF 17 Brazil Elicarlos
MF 16 Brazil Bernardo
FW 11 Brazil Thiago Ribeiro Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Brazil Adílson Batista
ESTUDIANTES:
GK 21 Argentina Mariano Andújar
RB 3 Argentina Christian Cellay
DF 14 Argentina Rolando Schiavi
DF 2 Argentina Leandro Desábato
LB 16 Argentina Germán Ré
MF 22 Argentina Rodrigo Braña Booked 44' Substituted off 86'
MF 8 Argentina Enzo Pérez
MF 11 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Booked 37'
MF 23 Argentina Leandro Benítez Substituted off 79'
FW 17 Argentina Mauro Boselli
FW 10 Argentina Gastón Fernández Substituted off 90'
Substitutes:
GK 25 Argentina Damián Albil
DF 13 Uruguay Juan Díaz Substituted in 79'
DF 6 Argentina Federico Fernández
MF 5 Argentina Matías Sánchez Substituted in 86'
MF 18 Argentina Maximiliano Núñez
FW 9 Argentina José Luis Calderón Substituted in 90'
FW 7 Uruguay Juan Salgueiro
Manager:
Argentina Alejandro Sabella

Man of the Match:
Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón

Assistant referees:

Chile Patricio Basualto
Chile Francisco Mondría
Fourth official:
Chile Pablo Pozo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cruzeiro 1 - 2 Estudiantes La Plata". ESPN. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 

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