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2008 Copa Libertadores de América
Copa Santander Libertadores de América 2008
Copa Santander Libertadores da América 2008
Tournament details
Dates January 29–July 2
Teams 38 (from 11 associations)
Final positions
Champions Ecuador LDU Quito (1st title)
Runners-up Brazil Fluminense
Tournament statistics
Matches played 138
Goals scored 358 (2.59 per match)
Attendance 2,959,170 (21,443 per match)
Top scorer(s) Paraguay Salvador Cabañas
Bolivia Marcelo Moreno Martins
(8 goals each)
Best player Ecuador Joffre Guerrón[1]
2007
2009

The 2008 Copa Libertadores de América was the 49th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's premier annual international club tournament. This marked the first year the competition was sponsored by Spanish bank Santander. As such, the competition is officially the 2008 Copa Santander Libertadores de América for sponsorship reasons.[2] The draw took place on December 19, 2007 in Asunción.[3]

Ecuadorian club LDU Quito won the competition for the first time in a final decided on penalties. It is the first time a team from Ecuador has won the competition. LDU Quito earned a berth in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup and 2009 Recopa Sudamericana.

Qualified teams[edit]

Thirty-eight teams qualified for the competition, with twenty-six teams directly qualifying to the Second Stage and twelve entering in the First Stage. Seven countries sent their Apertura champions and Clausura champions for their first two berths. The remaining berth, or berths in Argentina's case, went to the best-placed non-champions shown by an aggregate table. Brazil's league uses a European-style format and thus does not have an Apertura and Clausura tournament. Therefore, they sent their cup champion and the best four of the Brazilian Serie A. Ecuador sent the top three finishers of their national tournament as determined by the Liguilla Final. Uruguay had a Mini-League (Liguilla) to determine who qualified, and Mexico usds the InterLiga to determine two of its qualifiers. The last qualified team in each country played in the First Stage; the defending champion's country had two teams in the first stage because the defending champion automatically qualified.

Association Team (berth) Qualification method
Argentina Argentina
5+1 berths
Boca Juniors (Argentina 1) 2007 Copa Libertadores champion
Estudiantes (Argentina 2) 2006 Apertura champion
San Lorenzo (Argentina 3) 2007 Clausura champion
River Plate (Argentina 4) 2006–07 Primera División best-placed non-champion
Arsenal (Argentina 5) 2006–07 Primera División 2nd best-placed non-champion
Lanús (Argentina 6) 2006–07 Primera División 3rd best-placed non-champion
Bolivia Bolivia
3 berths
Real Potosí (Bolivia 1) 2007 Apertura champion
San José (Bolivia 2) 2007 Clausura champion
La Paz (Bolivia 3) 2007 Apertura and Clausura Runner-ups Playoff winner
Brazil Brazil
5 berths
São Paulo (Brazil 1) 2007 Série A champion
Santos (Brazil 2) 2007 Série A runner-up
Flamengo (Brazil 3) 2007 Série A 3rd place
Fluminense (Brazil 4) 2007 Copa do Brasil champion
Cruzeiro (Brazil 5) 2007 Série A 5th place
Chile Chile
3 berths
Colo-Colo (Chile 1) 2007 Apertura & 2007 Clausura champion
Universidad Católica (Chile 2) 2007 Apertura runner-up
Audax Italiano (Chile 3) Best-placed team in the 2007 Clausura First Stage
Colombia Colombia
3 berths
Atlético Nacional (Colombia 1) 2007 Apertura & 2007 Finalización champion
Cúcuta Deportivo (Colombia 2) 2007 season best-placed non-champion
Boyacá Chicó (Colombia 3) 2007 season 2nd best-placed non-champion
Ecuador Ecuador
3 berths
LDU Quito (Ecuador 1) 2007 Serie A champion
Deportivo Cuenca (Ecuador 2) 2007 Serie A runner-up
Olmedo (Ecuador 2) 2007 Serie A 3rd place
Paraguay Paraguay
3 berths
Sportivo Luqueño (Paraguay 1) 2007 Apertura champion
Libertad (Paraguay 2) 2007 Clausura champion
Cerro Porteño (Paraguay 3) 2007 Primera División best-placed non-champion
Peru Peru
3 berths
Universidad San Martín (Peru 1) 2007 Decentralizado champion
Coronel Bolognesi (Peru 2) 2007 Decentralizado champion
Cienciano (Peru 3) 2007 Decentralizado best-placed non-champion
Uruguay Uruguay
3 berths
Danubio (Uruguay 1) 2006–07 Primera División champion
Nacional (Uruguay 2) 2007 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores champion
Montevideo Wanderers (Uruguay 3) 2007 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores runner-up
Venezuela Venezuela
3 berths
Caracas (Venezuela 1) 2006 Apertura champion
Maracaibo (Venezuela 2) 2007 Clausura champion
Mineros (Venezuela 3) 2006–07 Primera División best-placed non-finalist
Mexico Mexico
3 invitees (CONCACAF)
Guadalajara (Mexico 1) 2006 Apertura champion
América (Mexico 2) 2008 InterLiga winner
Atlas (Mexico 3) 2008 InterLiga runner-up

Teams' starting round[edit]

Second Stage
Argentina Boca Juniors Argentina San Lorenzo Argentina Estudiantes Argentina River Plate
Brazil Flamengo Brazil São Paulo Brazil Santos Brazil Fluminense
Bolivia Real Potosí Bolivia San José Chile Colo-Colo Chile Universidad Católica
Colombia Atlético Nacional Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo Ecuador LDU Quito Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca
Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño Paraguay Libertad Peru Universidad San Martín Peru Coronel Bolognesi
Mexico Guadalajara Mexico América
First Stage
Argentina Arsenal Argentina Lanús Brazil Cruzeiro Bolivia La Paz
Chile Audax Italiano Colombia Boyacá Chicó Ecuador Olmedo Paraguay Cerro Porteño
Peru Cienciano Uruguay Montevideo Wanderers Venezuela Mineros Mexico Atlas

Round and draw dates[edit]

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.

Date Event
December 19, 2007 The draw took place
January 29-February 12, 2008 First stage
February 12-April 23, 2008 Second stage
April 30-May 7, 2008 Round of 16
May 14-May 21, 2008 Quarterfinals
May 28-June 4, 2008 Semifinals
June 25-July 2, 2008 Finals

Tie breakers[edit]

Teams at every stage of the tournament will be awarded points depending on the result of a game: 3 for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss. The following criteria will be used for breaking ties on points:

  1. Goal difference
  2. Goals scored
  3. Away goals
  4. Draw

For the First Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals, the fourth criteria is replaced by a penalty shoot-out if necessary. The Finals have their own set of criteria; see the finals section for more details.

First stage[edit]

The First Stage was played between January 29 and February 12.[4] Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Lanús Argentina 3:3 Ecuador Olmedo 0–1 3–0 +2:−2
Cerro Porteño Paraguay 0:6 Brazil Cruzeiro 1–3 2–3
Mineros Venezuela 3:3 Argentina Arsenal 0–2 2–1 −1:+1
La Paz Bolivia 3:3 Mexico Atlas 0–2 1–0 −1:+1
Montevideo Wanderers Uruguay 1:4 Peru Cienciano 0–1 0–0
Audax Italiano Chile 3:3 Colombia Boyacá Chicó 3–4 1–0 0:0 3:0

Second stage[edit]

A total of 26 teams qualified directly to this phase and were joined by six teams from the First Stage, bringing the total to 32 teams. The top two teams from each group advanced to the Round of 16. This stage was played between February 12 and April 23.[4]

In results tables, the home team is listed in the left-hand column.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Cruzeiro 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
Argentina San Lorenzo 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Venezuela Caracas 6 2 1 3 6 11 −5 7
Bolivia Real Potosí 6 2 0 4 11 11 0 6
  CAR CRU RPO SLO
Caracas 1–1 2–1 2–0
Cruzeiro 3–0 3–0 3–1
Real Potosí 3–1 5–1 2–3
San Lorenzo 3–0 0–0 1–0

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
Argentina Lanús 6 2 4 0 9 6 +3 10
Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca 6 1 3 2 2 5 −3 6
Uruguay Danubio 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4
  DAN CUE ELP LAN
Danubio 2–0 1–2 1–2
Deportivo Cuenca 0–0 1–0 1–1
Estudiantes 2–0 2–0 0–0
Lanús 3–1 0–0 3–3

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico Atlas 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Argentina Boca Juniors 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10
Chile Colo-Colo 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2 10
Venezuela Maracaibo 6 0 2 4 3 13 −10 2
  ATS BOC CC MBO
Atlas 3–1 3–0 3–0
Boca Juniors 3–0 4–3 3–0
Colo-Colo 1–1 2–0 2–0
Maracaibo 1–1 1–1 1–3

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Flamengo 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
Uruguay Nacional 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12
Peru Cienciano 6 2 1 3 5 9 −4 7
Peru Coronel Bolognesi 6 0 2 4 0 5 −5 2
  CIE BSI FLA NAC
Cienciano 1–0 0–3 2–1
Coronel Bolognesi 0–0 0–0 0–1
Flamengo 2–1 2–0 2–0
Nacional 3–1 1–0 3–0

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina River Plate 6 4 0 2 14 8 +6 12
Mexico América 6 3 0 3 10 10 0 9
Chile Universidad Católica 6 3 0 3 6 6 0 9
Peru Universidad San Martín 6 2 0 4 4 10 −6 6
  AME RIV UC USM
América 4–3 2–1 3–1
River Plate 2–1 2–0 5–0
Universidad Católica 2–0 1–2 1–0
Universidad San Martín 1–0 2–0 0–1

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11
Brazil Santos 6 3 1 2 13 6 +7 10
Mexico Guadalajara 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 9
Bolivia San José 6 1 1 4 4 17 −13 4
  CUC GDL SJO SFC
Cúcuta Deportivo 1–0 0–0 0–0
Guadalajara 0–1 2–0 3–2
San José 2–4 0–3 2–1
Santos 2–1 1–0 7–0

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil São Paulo 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11
Colombia Atlético Nacional 6 2 2 2 8 5 +3 8
Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
Chile Audax Italiano 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
  AN AUD SAO LUQ
Atlético Nacional 1–1 1–1 3–0
Audax Italiano 1–0 1–0 1–2
São Paulo 1–0 2–1 1–0
Sportivo Luqueño 1–3 4–1 1–1

Group 8[edit]

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
  ARS FLU LDU LIB
Arsenal 2–0 0–1 1–0
Fluminense 6–0 1–0 2–0
LDU Quito 6–1 0–0 2–0
Libertad 1–2 1–2 3–1

Knockout stages[edit]

The last four stages of the tournament (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals) form a single-elimination tournament, commonly known as a knockout stages. Sixteen teams advanced into the first of these stages: the Round of 16.

Seeding[edit]

The 16 qualified teams were seeded according to their results in the Second Stage. The top teams from each group were seeded 1-8, with the team with the most points as seed 1 and the team with the least as seed 8. The second-best teams from each group were seeded 9-16, with the team with the most points as seed 9 and the team with the least as seed 16.

Teams qualified as a group winner
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
1 Brazil Fluminense 13 +8 11 2
2 Brazil Flamengo 13 +4 8 3
3 Argentina River Plate 12 +6 14 5
4 Mexico Atlas 11 +5 11 2
5 Brazil Cruzeiro 11 +4 11 2
6 Argentina Estudiantes 11 +4 9 5
7 Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo 11 +3 7 6
8 Brazil São Paulo 11 +2 6 2
Teams qualified as a runner-up
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
9 Uruguay Nacional 12 +4 9 2
10 Brazil Santos 10 +7 13 3
11 Ecuador LDU Quito 10 +5 10 2
12 Argentina Boca Juniors 10 +3 12 2
13 Argentina Lanús 10 +3 9 3
14 Argentina San Lorenzo 10 +1 8 4
15 Mexico América 9 0 10 1
16 Colombia Atlético Nacional 8 +3 8 3

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                             
1  Brazil Fluminense 2 1  
16  Colombia Atlético Nacional 1 0  
  1  Brazil Fluminense 0 3  
  8  Brazil São Paulo 1 1  
8  Brazil São Paulo 0 2
9  Uruguay Nacional 0 0  
  1  Brazil Fluminense 2 3  
  12  Argentina Boca Juniors 2 1  
4  Mexico Atlas 1 2  
13  Argentina Lanús 0 2  
  4  Mexico Atlas 2 0
  12  Argentina Boca Juniors 2 3  
5  Brazil Cruzeiro 1 1
12  Argentina Boca Juniors 2 2  
  1  Brazil Fluminense 2 3 (1)
  11  Ecuador LDU Quito (p) 4 1 (3)
6  Argentina Estudiantes 0 2  
11  Ecuador LDU Quito 2 1  
  11  Ecuador LDU Quito (p) 1 1 (5)
  14  Argentina San Lorenzo 1 1 (3)  
3  Argentina River Plate 1 2
14  Argentina San Lorenzo 2 2  
  11  Ecuador LDU Quito (a) 1 0
  15  Mexico América 1 0  
7  Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo 0 0  
10  Brazil Santos 2 2  
  10  Brazil Santos 0 1
  15  Mexico América 2 0  
2  Brazil Flamengo 4 0
15  Mexico América 2 3  

Round of 16[edit]

The Round of 16 was played between April 29 and 30, and May 1, 6, and 8.[3] Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Fluminense Brazil 6:0 Colombia Atlético Nacional 2–1 1–0
Flamengo Brazil 3:3 Mexico América 4–2 0–3 −1:+1
River Plate Argentina 1:4 Argentina San Lorenzo 1–2 2–2
Atlas Mexico 4:1 Argentina Lanús 1–0 2–2
Cruzeiro Brazil 0:6 Argentina Boca Juniors 1–2 1–2
Estudiantes Argentina 3:3 Ecuador LDU Quito 0–2 2–1 −1:+1
Cúcuta Deportivo Colombia 0:6 Brazil Santos 0–2 0–2
São Paulo Brazil 4:1 Uruguay Nacional 0–0 2–0

Quarterfinals[edit]

The Quarterfinals were played on May 14, 15, and May 21 and 22.[3] Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Fluminense Brazil 3:3 Brazil São Paulo 0–1 3–1 +1:−1
Atlas Mexico 1:4 Argentina Boca Juniors 2–2 0–3
Santos Brazil 3:3 Mexico América 0–2 1–0 −1:+1
LDU Quito Ecuador 2:2 Argentina San Lorenzo 1–1 1–1 0:0 1:1 5:3

Semifinals[edit]

The Semifinals were played between May 27, 28, and June 3, 4.[3] Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Fluminense Brazil 4:1 Argentina Boca Juniors 2–2 3–1
LDU Quito Ecuador 2:2 Mexico América 1–1 0–0 0:0 1:0

Finals[edit]

June 25, 2008
19:50 UTC−05:00
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)

Copa Santander Libertadores de América
2008 Champion
Ecuador
LDU Quito
First Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Name Team Goals
1 Paraguay Salvador Cabañas Mexico América 8
Bolivia Marcelo Moreno Martins Brazil Cruzeiro 8
3 Uruguay Sebastián Abreu Argentina River Plate 7
Argentina Bruno Marioni Mexico Atlas 7
Brazil Thiago Neves Brazil Fluminense 7
Argentina Martín Palermo Argentina Boca Juniors 7
7 Brazil Adriano Brazil São Paulo 6
Brazil Kléber Pereira Brazil Santos 6
Colombia Mauricio Molina Brazil Santos 6
Brazil Washington Brazil Fluminense 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.conmebol.com/conmebol/activeCompetition.html?x=147&sub=3&id=8084&type=2 Archived June 17, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Beginning 2008 it will be the Santander Libertadores Cup". conmebol.com. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The 2008 Santander Libertadores Cup is already in play". conmebol.com. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Match Schedule". conmebol.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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