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)
Attendance 1,144,000 (45,760 per match)
Top scorer(s) Paraguay Eugenio Morel
Chile Jorge Peredo
(4 goals each)
Best player Chile Carlos Caszely[1]
1975
1983

The 1979 edition of the Copa América soccer tournament was played between July 18 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.

Squads[edit]

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
Venezuela  0–0  Colombia
Attendance: 18,000

Venezuela  1–1  Chile
Carvajal Goal 70' Peredo Goal 81'
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: César Pagano (Peru)

Colombia  1–0  Chile
Díaz Goal 21'
Attendance: 45,000

Colombia  4–0  Venezuela
Iguarán Goal 17'
Valverde Goal 53'
Chaparro Goal 59'
Morón Goal 86'
Attendance: 30,000

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

Chile  2–0  Colombia
Caszely Goal 14'
Peredo Goal 58'
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
Bolivia  2–1  Argentina
Reynaldo Goal 29'66' López Goal 5'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sierra (Colombia)

Bolivia  2–1  Brazil
Aragonés Goal 36' (pen.)63' Report Roberto Dinamite Goal 30' (pen.)
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sánchez (Colombia)

Brazil  2–1  Argentina
Zico Goal 2'
Tita Goal 54'
Report Coscia Goal 29'
Attendance: 130,000
Referee: Edison Pérez (Peru)

Argentina  3–0  Bolivia
Passarella Goal 1'
Gáspari Goal 15'
Maradona Goal 65'

Brazil  2–0  Bolivia
Tita Goal 46'
Zico Goal 90'
Report
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: José Vergara Guerrero (Venezuela)

Argentina  2–2  Brazil
Passarella Goal 38'
Díaz Goal 71'
Gallego Red card
Report Sócrates Goal 17'65' (pen.)
Zico Red card
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
Ecuador  1–2  Paraguay
Torres Garcés Goal 64' (pen.) Report Talavera Goal 22'
Solalinde Goal 77'

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

Paraguay  2–0  Ecuador
Morel Goal 27'
Osorio Goal 48'
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Abel Gnecco (Argentina)

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'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Oscar Scolfaro (Brazil)

Paraguay  0–0  Uruguay
Ovelar Red card 35' Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Sergio Vásquez (Chile)

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

Semifinals[edit]

Peru  1–2  Chile
Mosquera Goal 71' Caszely Goal 36'76'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Arppi Filho (Brazil)
Chile  0–0  Peru
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Cardellino (Uruguay)

Paraguay  2–1  Brazil
E. Morel Goal 16'
Talavera Goal 35'
Report Palhinha Goal 79'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Barretto (Uruguay)
Brazil  2–2  Paraguay
Falcão Goal 29'
Sócrates Goal 61' (pen.)
Report M. Morel Goal 31'
Romero Goal 68'
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Espósito (Argentina)

Finals[edit]

Paraguay  3–0  Chile
Romero Goal 12'85'
M. Morel Goal 36'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Luis Gregorio da Rosa (Uruguay)
GK Fernández
DF Espínola
DF Paredes Substituted off 79'
DF Sosa
DF Torales
MF Torres Substituted off 62'
MF Kiese
MF Romero
FW Isasi
FW M. Morel
FW E. Morel
Substitutions:
MF Florentín Substituted in 62'
DF Cibils Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Paraguay Miranda
GK Osbén
DF Galindo
DF Valenzuela
DF Quintano
DF Escobar
MF Rivas
MF Soto
MF Bonvallet Substituted off 46'
MF Rojas
FW Caszely
FW Fabbiani
Substitutions:
MF Estay Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Chile Santibáñez
Chile  1–0  Paraguay
Rivas Goal 10'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Barreto (Uruguay)
GK Osbén
DF Galindo
DF Valenzuela
DF Figueroa
DF Escobar
MF Rivas
MF Rojas Substituted off 85'
MF Bonvallet
MF Fabbiani Substituted off 56'
FW Caszely
FW Véliz
Substitutions:
FW Estay Substituted in 56'
MF Neira Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Chile Santibáñez
GK Fernández
DF Solalinde
DF Paredes
DF Sosa
DF Torales
MF Romero
MF Kiese Substituted off 46'
MF Talavera Substituted off 80'
FW Isasi
FW M. Morel
FW E. Morel
Substitutions:
MF Florentín Substituted in 46'
MF Cabañas Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Paraguay Miranda

Final play-off[edit]

Paraguay  0–0
(a.e.t.)
 Chile
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Coelho (Brazil)
Paraguay won on aggregate goals. (3–1)
GK Fernández
DF Espínola
DF Paredes
DF Sosa
DF Torales
MF Florentín
MF Kiese
MF Romero
FW Pérez Substituted off 85'
FW M. Morel
FW Aquino Substituted off 61'
Substitutions:
MF Torres Substituted in 61'
DF Cibils Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Paraguay Miranda
GK Osbén
DF Galindo
DF Valenzuela
DF Figueroa
DF Escobar
MF Rivas
MF Dubó Substituted off 90'
MF Rojas
FW Véliz
FW Caszely
FW Fabbiani Substituted off 61'
Substitutions:
FW Yáñez Substituted in 61'
MF Estay Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Chile Santibáñez


Result[edit]

 1979 Copa América Champions 

Paraguay
Second title

Goal scorers[edit]

With four goals, Jorge Peredo and Eugenio Morel are the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 63 goals were scored by 41 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Especial Copa America: Los Mejores Jugadores edición por edición" (in Spanish). Goal.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 567. ISBN 0-85112-954-4. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 567. ISBN 0-85112-954-4. 
  4. ^ Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 567. ISBN 0-85112-954-4. 

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