1961 Copa Libertadores Finals

The 1961 Copa de Campeones de América Finals was a football series between Peñarol and Palmeiras on June 4 and June 11 of this same year. It was the second final of South America's most prestigious football competition, the Copa de Campeones (known in the modern era as the Copa Libertadores). Defending champions Peñarol were appearing in their second consecutive final, whereas Palmeiras were seeking to win the competition for the first time. Both finalists reached the final with relative ease as each of them won three of their four matches.

1961 Copa de Campeones Finals
Event1961 Copa de Campeones de América
Peñarol won 3–1 on points.
First leg
DateJune 4, 1961
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeJosé Luis Praddaude (Argentina)
Attendance64,376
Second leg
DateJune 11, 1961
VenueEstádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo
RefereeJosé Luis Praddaude (Argentina)
Attendance50,000
1960
1962

Each club needed to win two group series to reach the final. Peñarol's victories were incredibly one-sided affairs, each effectively settled by the first leg, as they thumped Universitario of Peru 5-0 in the first leg of their quarterfinal group. Peñarol even dispatched Olimpia in the semifinals with little difficulty as they won both matches of the series in a rematch of the previous year's finals. Palmeiras made similar comfortable progress: they scored nine goals while conceding only three after beating Independiente away and crushing Independiente Santa Fe 4-1 at home.

Like the previous edition, Alberto Spencer scored a late goal in the first leg of the final to give his team a slight lead. Going into São Paulo, José Sasía scored in the first two minutes of the match in order to give Peñarol their second consecutive title in the competition. Sacia's goal also became the fastest goal to be scored on a final match. Curiously, José Luis Praddaude became the first, and so far only, referee to officiate both matches of the final series in this competition. He also refereed the second leg of the 1960 final.[1]

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Peñarol 1960
  Palmeiras None

StadiumsEdit

Estadio Centenario in Montevideo and Estádio do Pacaembu in Sao Paulo were the venues for the finals.

RulesEdit

The final will be played over two legs; home and away. The team that accumulates the most points —two for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs will be crowned the champion. 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, a playoff match at a neutral venue will be contested.

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

First leg
Peñarol  1–0  Palmeiras
Spencer   89'
Attendance: 64,376
Referee: José Luis Praddaude (Argentina)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peñarol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Palmeiras
GK   Luis Maidana
DF   William Martínez
DF   Núber Cano
DF   Edgardo González
DF   Roberto Matosas
MF   Walter Aguerre
MF   Luis Cubilla
FW   Ernesto Ledesma (c)
FW   Alberto Spencer
FW   José Sasía
FW   Juan Joya
Manager:
  Roberto Scarone
GK   Valdir
DF   Valdemar
DF   Aldemar Santos
DF   Djalma Santos (c)
MF   Zequinha
MF   Geraldo da Silva
FW   Julinho
FW   Humberto Barbosa  
FW   Geraldo Scotto
FW   Chinesinho
FW   José Romeiro
Substitutes:
FW   Nilton Santos  
Manager:
  Armando Renganeschi

Second legEdit

Second leg
Palmeiras  1–1  Peñarol
Nardo   77' Sasia   2'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: José Luis Praddaude (Argentina)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Palmeiras
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peñarol
GK   Valdir
DF   Valdemar
DF   Aldemar Santos
DF   Djalma Santos (c)
MF   Zequinha
MF   Geraldo da Silva
FW   Julinho
FW   José Romeiro  
FW   Geraldo Scotto
FW   Chinesinho
FW   Gildo
Substitutes:
DF   Nardo  
Manager:
  Armando Renganeschi
GK   Luis Maidana
DF   William Martínez
DF   Núber Cano
DF   Edgardo González
DF   Roberto Matosas
MF   Walter Aguerre
MF   Luis Cubilla
FW   Ernesto Ledesma (c)
FW   Alberto Spencer
FW   José Sasía
FW   Juan Joya
Manager:
  Roberto Scarone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Copa Libertadores de América 1961 by José Luis Pierrend, John Beuker, Pablo Ciullini and Osvaldo Gorgazzi on RSSSF

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