1965 Copa Libertadores

The 1965 Copa Libertadores de América was the sixth edition of South America's premier club football tournament. Colombia did not send a representative due to the disagreements between CONMEBOL and the Colombian football federation. This will become the last edition in which only the national champions of each association may participate.

1965 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 31 - April 15
Teams10 (from 9 confederations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina Independiente (2nd title)
Runners-upUruguay Peñarol
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored83 (3.19 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Pelé (8 goals)
1964
1966

After the victorious campaign the previous year, Independiente will go on to successfully defend the title after beating another Uruguayan team, this time Peñarol. Independiente begun a legacy that saw it become a world class football team and this paved the way for future conquests to come.

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Independiente 1964 Copa Libertadores winners
  Argentina
1 berth
Boca Juniors 1964 Primera División champion
  Bolivia
1 berth
The Strongest 1964 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
  Brazil
1 berth
Santos 1964 Brasileiro Série A champion
  Chile
1 berth
Universidad de Chile 1964 Primera División champion
  Ecuador
1 berth
Deportivo Quito 1964 Campeonato Ecuatoriano champion
  Paraguay
1 berth
Guaraní 1964 Primera División champion
  Peru
1 berth
Universitario 1964 Primera División champion
  Uruguay
1 berth
Peñarol 1964 Primera División champion
  Venezuela
1 berth
Deportivo Galicia 1964 Primera División champion

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

The format of the competition remained nearly the same as the previous year's edition; the preliminary round was eliminated from this edition.

At each stage of the tournament teams receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria will be applied to determine the ranking in the group stage:

  1. a one-game playoff;
  2. superior goal difference;
  3. draw of lots.

First roundEdit

Nine teams were drawn into three groups. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Semifinals. Independiente, the title holders, had a bye to the next round.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Boca Juniors 4 4 0 0 11 3 8 8
  The Strongest 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 3
  Deportivo Quito 4 0 1 3 3 9 -6 1

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Santos 4 4 0 0 10 3 7 8
  Universidad de Chile 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3 2
  Universitario 4 1 0 3 5 9 -4 2
February 19, 1965 Universitario   1 – 2   Santos Lima
Calatayud   Peixinho   

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Peñarol 4 3 0 1 5 2 3 6
  Guaraní 4 3 0 1 6 5 1 6
  Deportivo Galicia 4 0 0 4 2 6 -4 0
March 10, 1965 Peñarol   2 – 0   Guaraní Montevideo
Sasía  
Silva  

SemifinalsEdit

Four teams were drawn into two groups. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Finals.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Independiente 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 2
  Boca Juniors 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 2
March 24, 1965 Independiente   2 – 0   Boca Juniors Buenos Aires
Mura  
Rodríguez  

Independiente progressed to the finals due to better goal difference.

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Peñarol 2 1 0 1 7 7 0 2
  Santos 2 1 0 1 7 7 0 2
March 25, 1965 Santos   5 – 4   Peñarol Santos
Pelé   
Dorval   
Pepe  
Rocha   
Silva  
Sasía  
March 28, 1965 Peñarol   3 – 2   Santos Montevideo
Silva   
Sasía  
Pepe  
Coutinho  
March 31, 1965 Playoff Peñarol   2 – 1   Santos Buenos Aires
Joya  
Sasía  
Pelé  

FinalsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Independiente 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 2
  Peñarol 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 2
April 9, 1965 Independiente   1 – 0   Peñarol La Doble Visera, Avellaneda
Bernao   83' Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki (Peru)
April 12, 1965 Peñarol   3 – 1   Independiente Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Gonçalves   14'
Reznik   43'
Rocha   46'
de la Mata II   88' Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki (Peru)
April 15, 1965 Playoff Peñarol   1 – 4   Independiente Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Joya   44' Pérez   10'
Bernao   27'
Avallay   33'
Mura   82'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki (Peru)

ChampionEdit

Copa Libertadores de América
1965 Champion
 
Independiente
Second Title

Top goalscorersEdit

Pos Player Team Goals
1   Pelé   Santos 8
2   Pedro Rocha   Peñarol 4
  José Francisco Sasía   Peñarol 4
  Héctor Jesús Silva   Peñarol 4
  Pepe   Santos 4

FootnotesEdit

A. ^ Points were taken from Deportivo Galicia due to irregularities in their line-up. Peñarol was awarded the points. Peñarol advanced due to goal difference.

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