1976 Copa Libertadores

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1976 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
DatesFebruary 25 – July 30
Teams21 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil Cruzeiro (1st title)
Runners-upArgentina River Plate
Tournament statistics
Matches played76
Goals scored208 (2.74 per match)
1975
1977

The Copa Libertadores 1976 was the 17th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's annual international club tournament. The tournament began on February 23 and ended on July 30.

Cruzeiro won the competition, being the first Brazilian team, after Pelé's Santos, to win the continental competition. During the tournament, Cruzeiro suffered a great setback: the loss of the player Roberto Batata, who died in a car accident.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Team Qualification method
 Argentina
2 + 1 berths
Independiente 1975 Copa Libertadores champion
River Plate 1975 Metropolitano champion
1975 Nacional champion
Estudiantes 1975 Metropolitano runner-up
 Bolivia
2 berths
Guabirá 1975 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
Bolívar 1975 Copa Simón Bolívar runner-up
 Brazil
2 berths
Internacional 1975 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
Cruzeiro 1975 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up
 Chile
2 berths
Unión Española 1975 Primera División champion
Palestino 1975 Miniliga Pré-Libertadores champion
 Colombia
2 berths
Santa Fe 1975 Campeonato Profesional champion
Millonarios 1975 Campeonato Profesional runner-up
 Ecuador
2 berths
LDU Quito 1975 Serie A champion
Deportivo Cuenca 1975 Serie A runner-up
 Paraguay
2 berths
Olimpia 1975 Primera División champion
Sportivo Luqueño 1975 Primera División runner-up
 Peru
2 berths
Alianza Lima 1975 Descentralizado champion
Alfonso Ugarte 1975 Descentralizado runner-up
 Uruguay
2 berths
Peñarol 1975 Primera División champion
Nacional 1975 Primera División runner-up
 Venezuela
2 berths
Portuguesa 1975 Venezuelan champion
Galicia 1975 Venezuelan Championship runner-up

The participating teams were divided into five groups, in which teams of the same country were placed in the same group. Each country was represented by two teams. The countries were paired as follows:

Group stage[edit]

Group 1 (Argentina, Venezuela)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Argentina RIV Argentina EST Venezuela POR Venezuela DGA
Argentina River Plate 6 5 0 1 10 3 +7 10 Qualified to Semi-Finals 1–0 2–1 4–1
Argentina Estudiantes 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 9 1–0 3–0 4–0
Venezuela Portuguesa 6 2 1 3 8 11 −3 5 0–2 2–2 3–1
Venezuela Galicia 6 0 0 6 3 15 −12 0 0–1 0–1 1–2

Group 2 (Bolivia, Ecuador)[edit]

Group 2 standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Ecuador LDQ Ecuador CDC Bolivia BOL Bolivia GUA
Ecuador L.D.U. Quito 6 3 2 1 10 5 +5 8 Qualified to the 1st Place Playoff 1–1 2–1 4–0
Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 8 0–0 3–1 1–0
Bolivia Bolívar 6 3 0 3 16 11 +5 6 3–2 4–2 7–1
Bolivia Guabirá 6 1 0 5 2 15 −13 2 0–1 0–2 1–0

Group 3 (Brazil, Paraguay)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Brazil CRU Brazil INT Paraguay OLI Paraguay SLU
Brazil Cruzeiro 6 5 1 0 20 9 +11 11 Qualified to Semi-Finals 5–4 4–1 4–1
Brazil Internacional 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 7 0–2 1–0 3–0
Paraguay Olimpia 6 1 2 3 7 11 −4 4 2–2 1–1 2–3
Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño 6 1 0 5 5 14 −9 2 1–3 0–1 0–1

Group 4 (Colombia, Peru)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Peru ALI Colombia MIL Peru AUG Colombia ISF
Peru Alianza Lima 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 8 Qualified to Semi-Finals 2–1 0–0 3–0
Colombia Millonarios 6 2 2 2 8 5 +3 6 1–0 4–0 1–1
Peru Alfonso Ugarte 6 1 4 1 5 8 −3 6 0–0 1–1 2–1
Colombia Santa Fe 6 1 2 3 7 11 −4 4 2–3 1–0 2–2

Group 5 (Chile, Uruguay)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Uruguay PEÑ Chile UES Chile PAL Uruguay NAC
Uruguay Peñarol 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 8 Qualified to Semi-Finals 2–0 2–1 1–1
Chile Unión Española 6 3 2 1 5 3 +2 8 0–0 1–0 2–0
Chile Palestino 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 5 1–0 0–1 2–1
Uruguay Nacional 6 0 3 3 5 9 −4 3 1–2 1–1 1–1

1st Place Playoff[edit]

Playoff standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ecuador L.D.U. Quito 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 2 Qualified to the Semi-Finals
2 Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0

Semi-finals[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Group 1 standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Brazil CRU Ecuador LDQ Peru ALI
Brazil Cruzeiro 4 4 0 0 18 3 +15 8 Qualified to the Final 4–1 7–1
Ecuador L.D.U. Quito 4 1 0 3 4 10 −6 2 1–3 2–1
Peru Alianza Lima 4 1 0 3 4 13 −9 2 0–4 2–0

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Argentina RIV Argentina IND Uruguay PEÑ
Argentina River Plate 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3 5 Qualified to the Final 0–0 3–0
Argentina Independiente 4 2 1 1 2 1 +1 5 0–1 1–0
Uruguay Peñarol 4 1 0 3 1 5 −4 2 1–0 0–1

Playoffs[edit]

Date Location Home team Score Away team
16 July Buenos Aires River Plate Argentina 1 - 0 Argentina Independiente

Finals[edit]

Cruzeiro Brazil4 – 1River Plate Argentina
Nelinho Goal 22'
Palhinha Goal 29', Goal 40'
Valdo Goal 80'
Más Goal 63'
Attendance: 58,720 (65,000)

River Plate Argentina2 – 1Cruzeiro Brazil
J. J. López Goal 10'
Pedro González Goal 76'
Palhinha Goal 48'

Cruzeiro Brazil3 – 2River Plate Argentina
Nelinho Goal 24'
Eduardo Goal 55'
Joãozinho Goal 88'
Más Goal 59'
Urquiza Goal 64'
Attendance: 40,000


 Copa Libertadores
1976 Champions 
Brazil
Cruzeiro
1st title

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