1997 Copa Libertadores Finals

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1997 Copa Libertadores Finals
Event 1997 Copa Libertadores
First leg
Date 6 August 1997
Venue Estadio Nacional, Lima
Referee Byron Moreno
Second leg
Date 13 August 1997
Venue Estádio do Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Referee Javier Castrilli
Attendance 95,472 (106,853)
1996
1998

The 1997 Copa Libertadores Final was a two-legged football match-up to determine the 1997 Copa Libertadores champion. It was contested by Peruvian club Sporting Cristal and Brazilian club Cruzeiro. The first leg was played on August 6 at Sporting Cristal's home field, with the second leg played on August 13 at Cruzeiro's.

Cruzeiro and Sporting Cristal were in their 3rd and 1st Copa Libertadores finals, respectively. Cruzeiro's last appearance was in 1977, in which they lost to Argentine club Boca Juniors.

Rules[edit]

The final was played over two legs; home and away. 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. 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 will ensue according to the Laws of the Game.

Route to the Finals[edit]

Cruzeiro qualified to the 1997 Copa Libertadores as the champion team in the 1996 Brazilian Cup. Sporting Cristal qualified as 1996 Peruvian champions.

Group 4 of the First Stage[edit]

Final Group 4 standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Grêmio 6 4 0 2 10 3 +7 12
Brazil Cruzeiro 6 3 0 3 6 5 +1 9
Peru Sporting Cristal 6 2 2 2 4 5 −1 8
Peru Alianza Lima 6 1 2 3 2 9 −7 5

Both Cruzeiro and Sporting Cristal were drawn into Group 4, together with their compatriots Grêmio (1996 Brazilian champions) and Alianza Lima (1996 Peruvian championship 2nd place), respectively. Cruzeiro's first group match was against Grêmio in Belo Horizonte. Cruzeiro lost 2-1, with their goal scored by Aílton. Cristal's first group match was against their rivals Alianza, in Lima. The Peruvian teams tied by 0-0.

Cruzeiro second group match was on the road against Alianza Lima. The Brazilian team lost by 1-0. They stayed on the road to play Sporting Cristal. The Peruvian team won by 1-0, and Cruzeiro lost its third game in the tournament, with a few chances of classification to the next stage.

Sporting Cristal third group match was in its home ground too, now against Grêmio, and winning again by 1-0.

Cruzeiro fourth group match was against Grêmio, but this time in the rival's ground, in Porto Alegre. With the obligation of winning to keep the chance of classification alive, Cruzeiro made 1-0 with Palhinha and scored its first three point in the competition. In the same day, Sporting Cristal tied again by 1-1 against Alianza Lima.

The next two games Cruzeiro played at home. Alianza Lima visited first and lost the match 2-0, goals by Reinaldo and Palhinha. In Cruzeiro's last match of group play, they played host to Sporting Cristal, whom they beat 2-1, goals by Alex Mineiro and Reinaldo.

Sporting Cristal last group match was visiting Grêmio in Porto Alegre and losing by 2-0.

Cruzeiro and Sporting Cristal finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, which advanced them to the Round of 16, together with Grêmio, who finished 1st.

Cruzeiro in the knockout stages[edit]

In the round of 16, they played against Ecuatorian club El Nacional. The first leg was played in Quito and Cruzeiro lost the match 1-0. Second leg, played at home, Cruzeiro won 2-1, with Marcelo Ramos scoring twice, sending the decision to the penalty shootout. In the penalty kicks, Cruzeiro won 5-3, advancing to the next stage.

Cruzeiro's quarterfinal match-up was against fellow Brazilian side Grêmio over again. The first leg, played at home, was won 2-0, goals by Alex Mineiro and Elivélton. The second leg, played in Porto Alegre, was lost 2-1, Fabinho scoring, with Cruzeiro advancing to the next stage by goal difference (3-2).

Cruzeiro's semifinal match-up was against Chilean club Colo-Colo. Cruzeiro won the first leg 1-0, goal scored by Marcelo Ramos, in Belo Horizonte. In Santiago lost 3-2, with Marcelo Ramos and Cleison scoring the goals, deciding again in the penalty kicks. In the penalty shootout Cruzeiro won 4-1, advancing to the Copa Libertadores Final Matches after 20 years.

As of the finals, Cruzeiro has an efficacy rating of 50% (6 wins, 6 loss).

Sporting Cristal in the knockout stages[edit]

In the round of 16, they played against Argentine club Vélez Sarsfield. The first leg was played home and the teams tied 0-0. Second leg, played away in Buenos Aires, Cristal surprisingly won 1-0, advancing to the next stage.

Sporting Cristal's quarterfinal match-up was against Bolivian club Bolívar. The first leg, played in La Paz, Cristal loss 2-1. But in the second leg, played home, the Peruvian squad won 3-0, advancing to the next stage by goal difference (4-2).

In the semifinals Sporting Cristal met another Argentine club, Racing Club. In the first leg, played in Avellaneda, Cristal loss 3-2. In the second leg, played home, Cristal won 4-1 and advanced to the next stage over again by goal difference (6-4). Was the best season of a Peruvian team in Copa Libertadores.

As of the finals, Sporting Cristal has an efficacy rating of 50% (5 wins, 3 draws, 4 loss).

Knockout stages summary[edit]

Cruzeiro Sporting Cristal
Ecuador El Nacional
A
0–1
Round of 16
First leg
Argentina Vélez Sarsfield
H
0–0
Ecuador El Nacional
H
2–1
(p. 5–3)
Marcelo Ramos 61', 69' Second leg Argentina Vélez Sarsfield
A
1–0
Jorge Soto 86'
Brazil Grêmio
H
2–0
Alex Mineiro
Elivelton
Quarterfinals
First leg
Bolivia Bolívar
A
1–2

Luis Alberto Bonnet 82'

Brazil Grêmio
A
1–2
Fabinho Second leg Bolivia Bolívar
H
3–0
Nolberto Solano 32'
Jorge Soto 57'
Prince Amoako 66'
Chile Colo-Colo
H
1–0
Marcelo Ramos 6' Semifinals
First leg
Argentina Racing Club
A
2–3
Jorge Soto 42'
Luis Alberto Bonnet 85'
Chile Colo-Colo
A
2–3
(p. 4–1)
Marcelo Ramos 28'
Cleison 64'
Second leg Argentina Racing Club
H
4–1
Luis Alberto Bonnet 5'
Julio Rivera 41'
Luis Alberto Bonnet 59'
Nolberto Solano 73'

Final summary[edit]

First leg[edit]

1997-08-06
Sporting Cristal Peru 0 – 0 Brazil Cruzeiro
Estadio Nacional, Lima
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Byron Moreno (Ecuador)
Sporting Cristal
Cruzeiro
SPORTING CRISTAL:
GK 1 Uruguay Peru Julio Cesar Balerio
DF 19 Peru Manuel Marengo
DF 3 Peru Miguel Rebosio Substituted off
DF 2 Argentina Marcelo Asteggiano
DF 21 Peru Martin Vasquez Substituted off
MF 4 Peru Jorge Soto
MF 6 Paraguay Pedro Garay
MF 8 Peru Alfredo Carmona Substituted off
MF 7 Peru Nolberto Solano
FW 18 Argentina Luis Alberto Bonnet
ST 11 Brazil Peru Julinho
Substitutes:
DF 15 Peru Erick Torres Substituted in
ST 24 Peru Andrés Mendoza Substituted in
MF 10 Peru Alex Magallanes Substituted in
Manager:
Uruguay Sergio Markarián
CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 Brazil Dida
RB 2 Brazil Vítor
DF 16 Brazil Gélson Baresi
DF 22 Brazil Wilson Gottardo
LB 6 Brazil Nonato
DMF 15 Brazil Donizete Oliveira
DMF 5 Brazil Fabinho
MF 8 Brazil Ricardinho
MF 10 Brazil Palhinha Substituted off
MF 9 Brazil Cleison
FW 23 Brazil Marcelo Ramos Substituted off
Substitutes:
FW 19 Brazil Da Silva Substituted in
FW Brazil Tico Substituted in
Manager:
Brazil Paulo Autuori

Assistant referees:
Ecuador
Ecuador
Fourth official:
Ecuador

Second leg[edit]

Cruzeiro
Sporting Cristal
CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 Brazil Dida
RB 2 Brazil Vítor
DF 16 Brazil Gélson Baresi
DF 22 Brazil Wilson Gottardo
LB 6 Brazil Nonato
DMF 15 Brazil Donizete Oliveira
DMF 5 Brazil Fabinho
MF 8 Brazil Ricardinho Substituted off 71'
MF 10 Brazil Palhinha
MF 20 Brazil Elivelton
FW 23 Brazil Marcelo Ramos
Substitutes:
FW 19 Brazil Da Silva Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Brazil Paulo Autuori
SPORTING CRISTAL:
GK 1 Uruguay Peru Julio Cesar Balerio
DF 4 Peru Jorge Soto
DF 19 Peru Manuel Marengo
DF 2 Argentina Marcelo Asteggiano
DF 15 Peru Erick Torres Substituted off 73'
MF 6 Paraguay Pedro Garay
MF 7 Peru Nolberto Solano
MF 16 Peru Julio Rivera
MF 20 Ghana Prince Amoako Substituted off 56'
FW 18 Argentina Luis Alberto Bonnet Substituted off 85'
ST 11 Brazil Peru Julinho
Substitutes:
MF 8 Peru Alfredo Carmona Substituted in 56'
DF 5 Peru Roger Serrano Substituted in 73'
FW 22 Peru Ismael Abrahamson Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Uruguay Sergio Markarian

Assistant referees:
Argentina Luis Olivetto
Argentina Gerardo Bertoni

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