1995 Copa América

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1995 Copa América
Tournament details
Host countryUruguay
DatesJuly 5 – 23
Teams12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Uruguay (14th title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Colombia
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored69 (2.65 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
Mexico Luis García
(4 goals each)
Best player(s)Uruguay Enzo Francéscoli[1]
1993
1997

The 1995 Copa América football tournament was staged in Uruguay. It was won by Uruguay, who beat Brazil 5–3 in the penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw in the final. All 10 CONMEBOL members took part, with Mexico and the USA invited in order to reach 12 teams.[2]

The USA were the surprise of the tournament, beating defending champions Argentina 3–0 and winning the group.[3] The USA went on to defeat Mexico on penalties in the second round but then lost to Brazil 1–0 in the semi-finals. They then fell to Colombia 4–1 in the third-place game, finishing fourth overall.[4][5]

In this edition of the tournament, extra time was not played if a match was drawn after 90 minutes. Instead it went straight to a penalty shootout.

Venues[edit]

Montevideo Maldonado Rivera Paysandú
Estadio Centenario Estadio Domingo Burgueño Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera Estadio Parque Artigas
Capacity: 65,235 Capacity: 22,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 25,000
34°53′41″S 56°09′10″W / 34.894661°S 56.15284°W / -34.894661; -56.15284 34°54′52″S 54°57′17″W / 34.914564°S 54.954815°W / -34.914564; -54.954815 30°54′31″S 55°32′54″W / 30.908521°S 55.548377°W / -30.908521; -55.548377 32°19′23″S 58°04′21″W / 32.322961°S 58.072593°W / -32.322961; -58.072593
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Squads[edit]

For a complete list of all participating squads: 1995 Copa América squads

Match officials[edit]

First round[edit]

The teams were divided into three groups of four teams each.

Each team plays one match against each of the other teams within the same group. Three (3) points are awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a defeat.

First and second placed teams, in each group, advance to the quarter-finals. The best third placed team and the second best third placed team, also advance to the quarter-finals.

  • Tie-breaker
    • If teams finish leveled on points, the following tie-breakers are used:
    1. greater goal difference in all group games;
    2. greater number of goals scored in all group games;
    3. winner of the head-to-head match between the teams in question;
    4. drawing of lots.
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
 Paraguay 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Venezuela 3 0 0 3 4 10 −6 0
Uruguay 4–1 Venezuela
Fonseca Goal 14'
Otero Goal 25'
Francescoli Goal 75' (pen.)
Poyet Goal 84'
Report Dolgetta Goal 53'
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Imperatore (Chile)

Paraguay 2–1 Mexico
Cardozo Goal 63'
Samaniego Goal 73'
García Goal 44'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Rodas (Ecuador)

Uruguay 1–0 Paraguay
Francescoli Goal 13' Report
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Rezende (Brazil)

Mexico 3–1 Venezuela
García Goal 41' (pen.)57' (pen.)
Espinoza Goal 76'
Campos Goal 65' (o.g.)

Paraguay 3–2 Venezuela
Cardozo Goal 35'
Villamayor Goal 64'
Gamarra Goal 83'
Miranda Goal 13'
Dolgetta Goal 68'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ruiz (Colombia)

Uruguay 1–1 Mexico
Saralegui Goal 79' García Goal 67'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Castrilli (Argentina)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9
 Colombia 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
 Ecuador 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
 Peru 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Colombia 1–1 Peru
Asprilla Goal 68' Palacios Goal 80'

Brazil 1–0 Ecuador
Ronaldão Goal 73'

Colombia 1–0 Ecuador
Rincón Goal 44'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Peña (Bolivia)

Brazil 2–0 Peru
Zinho Goal 77' (pen.)
Edmundo Goal 82'

Ecuador 2–1 Peru
Díaz Goal 61'
Mora Goal 75'
I. Hurtado Goal 82' (o.g.)

Brazil 3–0 Colombia
Leonardo Goal 30'
Túlio Goal 76'
Higuita Goal 85' (o.g.)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Filippi (Uruguay)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
 Bolivia 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Chile 3 0 1 2 3 8 −5 1
United States 2–1 Chile
Wynalda Goal 14'20' Rozental Goal 63'
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Tejada (Peru)

Argentina 2–1 Bolivia
Batistuta Goal 70'
Balbo Goal 81'
Angola Goal 75'

Bolivia 1–0 United States
Etcheverry Goal 23'

Argentina 4–0 Chile
Batistuta Goal 1'51'
Simeone Goal 6'
Balbo Goal 54'
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Carter (Mexico)

Bolivia 2–2 Chile
Mercado Goal 78'
Ramos Goal 87'
Basay Goal 55'61'
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Tejada (Peru)

United States 3–0 Argentina
Klopas Goal 20'
Lalas Goal 31'
Wynalda Goal 58'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Rezende (Brazil)

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

At the end of the first stage, a comparison was made between the third-placed teams of each group. The two third-placed teams with the best results advanced to the quarter-finals.

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
A  Mexico 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
C  Bolivia 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
B  Ecuador 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3

Knock-out stage[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
16 July – Montevideo
 
 
 Colombia 1 (5)
 
19 July – Montevideo
 
 Paraguay 1 (4)
 
 Colombia 0
 
16 July – Montevideo
 
 Uruguay 2
 
 Uruguay 2
 
23 July – Montevideo
 
 Bolivia 1
 
 Uruguay 1 (5)
 
17 July – Paysandú
 
 Brazil 1 (3)
 
 United States 0 (4)
 
20 July – Maldonado
 
 Mexico 0 (1)
 
 United States 0
 
17 July – Rivera
 
 Brazil 1 Third place
 
 Brazil 2 (4)
 
22 July – Maldonado
 
 Argentina 2 (2)
 
 Colombia 4
 
 
 United States 1
 

Quarter-finals[edit]


Uruguay 2–1 Bolivia
Otero Goal 1'
Fonseca Goal 30'
Sánchez Goal 71'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Rodas (Ecuador)


Semi-finals[edit]

Uruguay 2–0 Colombia
Adinolfi Goal 51'
Otero Goal 70'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Benegas (Paraguay)

Brazil 1–0 United States
Aldair Goal 13'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Rodas (Ecuador)

Third-place match[edit]

Colombia 4–1 United States
Quiñónez Goal 30'
Valderrama Goal 38'
Asprilla Goal 50'
Rincón Goal 76'
Moore Goal 52' (pen.)

Final[edit]

Result[edit]

 1995 Copa América Champions 

Uruguay
14th title

Goal scorers[edit]

With four goals, Gabriel Batistuta and Luis García both ended the tournament as top scorers. In total, 69 goals were scored by 45 different players, with three of them credited as own goals.

Statistics[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Eff
 Uruguay 14 6 4 2 0 11 4 +7 77.8%
 Brazil 14 6 4 2 0 10 3 +7 77.8%
 Colombia 8 6 2 2 2 7 8 -1 44.4%
 Argentina 7 4 2 1 1 8 6 +2 58.3%
 Paraguay 7 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1 58.3%
 United States 7 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 38.9%
 Mexico 5 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 41.7%
 Bolivia 4 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 33.3%
 Ecuador 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 33.3%
 Peru 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 25.0%
 Chile 1 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 25.0%
 Venezuela 0 3 0 0 3 4 10 -6 0.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Copa América Best Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ Straus, Brian (2016-05-25). "Copa America semifinals: Personal memories of USA's 1995 run". Si.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  3. ^ Kristan Heneage. "The day USA beat Argentina in Copa América: 'Simeone threatened to kill us' | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ "Revisiting the USA's fourth-placed 1995 Copa America finish". Goal.com. 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  5. ^ "Podcast: USA's Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda recall 1995 Copa America – Planet Futbol". SI.com. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-08-01.

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