1968 Copa Libertadores

The 1968 Copa Libertadores was the ninth edition of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier association football competition. It was played between January 27 and May 16. A record 21 teams participated in this edition.

1968 Copa Libertadores
1968 Copa Libertadores de América
1968 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 27 - May 16
Teams21 (from 10 confederations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina Estudiantes (LP) (1st title)
Runners-upBrazil Palmeiras
Tournament statistics
Matches played93
Goals scored230 (2.47 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Tupãzinho (11 goals)
1967
1969

This edition brought the explosive debut of a humble team from the city of La Plata, capital of the Buenos Aires province, that did not find itself in the plateau of Argentine football. Estudiantes de La Plata, an authentic stranger in the highest levels of South American football, surpassed all expectations as they eliminated defending champions Racing and Independiente (two denominated "great" ones in Argentina as well as each having already won the tournament before).

With a talented prospect by the name of Juan Ramón Verón, the pincharatas beat Palmeiras 2–0 in a playoff after the final series finished 2–2 on points. Estudiantes conquered the title with an original style which emphasized athleticism and strategic preparation.

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Racing 1967 Copa Libertadores de América winners
  Argentina
2 berths
Independiente 1967 Primera División champion
Estudiantes 1967 Primera División runner-up
  Bolivia
2 berths
Jorge Wilstermann 1967 Torneo Nacional champion
Always Ready 1967 Torneo Nacional runner-up
  Brazil
2 berths
Palmeiras 1967 Taça Brasil champion
Náutico 1967 Taça Brasil runner-up
  Chile
2 berths
Universidad de Chile 1967 Primera División champion
Universidad Católica 1967 Primera División runner-up
  Colombia
2 berths
Deportivo Cali 1967 Campeonato Profesional champion
Millonarios 1967 Campeonato Profesional runner-up
  Ecuador
2 berths
El Nacional 1967 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A champion
Emelec 1967 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A runner-up
  Paraguay
2 berths
Guaraní 1967 Primera División champion
Libertad 1967 Primera División runner-up
  Peru
2 berths
Universitario 1967 Torneo Descentralizado champion
Sporting Cristal 1967 Torneo Descentralizado runner-up
  Uruguay
2 berths
Peñarol 1967 Primera División champion
Nacional 1967 Primera División runner-up
  Venezuela
2 berths
Deportivo Portugués 1967 Primera División Venezolana champion
Deportivo Galicia 1967 Primera División Venezolana runner-up

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

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

Twenty teams were drawn into five groups of four. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top two teams in each group advanced to the Second round. Racing, the title holders, had a bye to the Semifinals.

Key to colors in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the Second round

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Estudiantes 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 11
  Independiente 6 2 1 3 8 10 -2 5
  Deportivo Cali 6 2 1 3 6 10 -4 5
  Millonarios 6 1 1 4 6 9 -3 3

Millonarios  1 – 2  Independiente
Ferrero   Bernao  
Artime  

Millonarios  0 – 1  Estudiantes
Flores  

Deportivo Cali  1 – 0  Independiente
Iroldo  

Deportivo Cali  1 – 2  Estudiantes
Manera   o.g.' Bilardo  
Echecopar  



Independiente  3 – 1  Millonarios
Artime     Rodríguez  

Estudiantes  0 – 0  Millonarios

Independiente  1 – 1  Deportivo Cali
Savoy   Iroldo  

Deportivo Cali  1 – 0  Millonarios
Ferreira  


Second
place playoff
Independiente  3 – 2  Deportivo Cali
Pastoriza  
Bernao  
Artime  
Iroldo  
Sánchez  

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Universitario 6 3 3 0 17 4 +13 9
  Sporting Cristal 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6 9
  Jorge Wilstermann 6 2 1 3 5 8 -3 5
  Always Ready 6 0 1 5 2 18 -16 1
Always Ready  0 – 3  Universitario
Flores   
Casaretto  





Universitario  1 – 1  Sporting Cristal
Challe   Aquije  


Universitario  5 – 1  Jorge Wilstermann
Rojas    
Flores   
López  

Sporting Cristal  1 – 1  Always Ready
Gallardo   Morales  

Universitario  6 – 0  Always Ready
Flores   
Lobatón   
Rojas  
Staukas   o.g.'


Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Universidad Católica 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 9
  Emelec 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 7
  El Nacional 6 2 1 3 5 6 -1 5
  Universidad de Chile 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 3
Emelec  0 – 0  El Nacional



Emelec  1 – 2  Universidad Católica
Echeverría   Isella  
Gallardo  




Universidad de Chile  0 – 0  Emelec

Universidad Católica  1 – 1  Emelec
Sarnari   Sosa  



El Nacional  0 – 1  Emelec
Mena  

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Peñarol 6 3 2 1 8 2 +6 8
  Guaraní 6 2 3 1 8 7 +1 7
  Nacional 6 2 2 2 9 5 +4 6
  Libertad 6 1 1 4 2 13 -11 3
Peñarol  1 – 0  Nacional
Spencer  

Guaraní  2 – 0  Libertad
Juárez  
Martínez  

Nacional  2 – 2  Guaraní
Techera  
Mújica  
García   

Peñarol  4 – 0  Libertad
Spencer   
Rocha  
Bertocchi  

Nacional  4 – 0  Libertad
Morales   
Mújica  
Célio  

Peñarol  2 – 0  Guaraní
Spencer   

Libertad  1 – 1  Guaraní
Ayala   Juárez  

Nacional  0 – 0  Peñarol

Libertad  1 – 0  Peñarol
Fleitas  

Guaraní  2 – 1  Nacional
Ivaldi  
Martínez  
Célio  

Guaraní  1 – 1  Peñarol
Juárez   Abbadie  

Libertad  0 – 2  Nacional
Célio  
Virgili  

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Palmeiras 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 11
  Deportivo Portugués 6 2 1 3 5 11 -6 5
  Náutico 6 1 2 3 7 8 -1 4
  Deportivo Galicia 6 2 0 4 5 7 -2 4

Náutico  1 – 3  Palmeiras
Ladeira   Ademir   
Tupãzinho  

Deportivo Portugués  1 – 1  Náutico
Ramos   Iván  

Deportivo Galicia  2 – 1  Náutico
Becerra  
Olavo  
Lala  

Deportivo Galicia  1 – 2  Palmeiras
Chacho   Ademir  
Díaz   o.g.'


Náutico  1 – 0  Deportivo Galicia
Nino  




Palmeiras  0 – 0  Náutico

Second roundEdit

Ten teams were drawn into three groups, two groups of three and one group of four. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Semifinals, along with Racing Club.

Key to colors in group tables
Group winners advanced to the Semifinals

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Estudiantes 4 3 0 1 4 2 +2 6
  Independiente 4 2 0 2 7 3 +4 4
  Universitario 4 1 0 3 1 7 -6 2
Universitario  1 – 0  Estudiantes
Lobatón  

Universitario  0 – 3  Independiente
Pastoriza    

Independiente  1 – 2  Estudiantes
Pavoni   Ribaudo   



Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Peñarol 6 4 2 0 10 1 +9 10
  Sporting Cristal 6 2 4 0 7 3 +4 8
  Emelec 6 1 1 4 3 7 -4 3
  Deportivo Portugués 6 1 1 4 3 12 -9 3

Emelec  0 – 2  Sporting Cristal
Mifflin  
Aquije  

Emelec  0 – 1  Peñarol
Spencer  

Deportivo Portugués  1 – 1  Sporting Cristal
Curro   Pajuelo  

Emelec  2 – 0  Deportivo Portugués
Sosa   

Sporting Cristal  0 – 0  Peñarol




Peñarol  1 – 0  Emelec
Cortés  


Deportivo Portugués  2 – 0  Emelec
Ramos   

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Palmeiras 4 3 0 1 7 4 +3 6
  Guaraní 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 4
  Universidad Católica 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3 2



Guaraní  2 – 0  Palmeiras
Juárez  
Martínez  


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.

Semifinal 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Estudiantes 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
  Racing 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 3
Estudiantes  3–0  Racing
Verón   
Perfumo  


Playoff
Racing  1–1  Estudiantes
Cárdenas   Verón  

Estudiantes progressed to the finals due to better goal difference.

Semifinal 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Palmeiras 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 4
  Peñarol 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0
Palmeiras  1 – 0  Peñarol
Tupãzinho  

Peñarol  1 – 2  Palmeiras
Silva   Tupãzinho   

FinalsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Estudiantes 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 2
  Palmeiras 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 2
Estudiantes  2–1  Palmeiras
Verón   83'
Bocha   87'
Servilio   30'

Palmeiras  3–1  Estudiantes
Tupãzinho   10',   68'
Rinaldo   54'
Verón   72'

Playoff
Palmeiras  0–2  Estudiantes
Ribaudo   13'
Verón   82'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: César Orozco (Peru)

ChampionEdit

Copa Libertadores de América
1968 Winners
 
Estudiantes
First Title

Top goalscorersEdit

Pos Player Team Goals
1   Tupãzinho   Palmeiras 11
2   Alberto Spencer   Peñarol 10
3   Juan Ramón Verón   Estudiantes 9
4   Luis Artime   Independiente 6
5   Felipe Ribaudo   Estudiantes 6
6   Víctor Domingo Juárez   Guaraní 6
  D. Flores   Universitario 6
  Juan Carlos Sarnari   Universidad Católica 6
9   Servílio   Palmeiras 5
  Alberto Gallardo   Sporting Cristal 5

FootnotesEdit

A. ^ The match finished 1-1, but Jorge Wilstermann were declared 0-1 winners after Troncoso's own goal was declared invalid.
B. ^ The match finished 3-2, but the 2 points were awarded to Deportivo Portugués as Náutico made two substitutions.

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