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The 1979 edition of the Copa América soccer tournament was played between July 18 and December 12. This time, the continental champion would not go to the FIFA World Cup. It was not held in a particular country, all matches were played on a home and away basis. Defending champions Peru were given a bye into the semi-finals.

1979 Copa América
Tournament details
DatesJuly 18 – December 12
Teams10 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions Paraguay (2nd title)
Runners-up Chile
Third place Brazil
Fourth place Peru
Tournament statistics
Matches played25
Goals scored63 (2.52 per match)
Attendance1,144,000 (45,760 per match)
Top scorer(s)Paraguay Eugenio Morel
Chile Jorge Peredo
(4 goals each)
Best player(s)Chile Carlos Caszely[1]
1975
1983

Contents

SquadsEdit

First roundEdit

The teams were drawn into three groups, consisting of three teams each. Each team played twice (home and away) against the other teams in their group, with two points for a win, one point for a draw, nil points for a loss. The winner of each group advanced to the semi-finals.


Peru qualified automatically as holders for the semifinal.


Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Chile 4 2 1 1 10 2 +8 5
  Colombia 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3 5
  Venezuela 4 0 2 2 1 12 −11 2
Venezuela  0–0  Colombia
Attendance: 18,000

Venezuela  1–1  Chile
Carvajal   70' Peredo   81'
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: César Pagano (Peru)

Colombia  1–0  Chile
Díaz   21'

Colombia  4–0  Venezuela
Iguarán   17'
Valverde   53'
Chaparro   59'
Morón   86'

Chile  7–0  Venezuela
Peredo   3'59'
Rivas   38'54'
Véliz   76'
Soto   80'
Yáñez   84'
Páez  
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Enrique Labó (Peru)

Chile  2–0  Colombia
Caszely   14'
Peredo   58'
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Wilfredo Cáceres (Paraguay)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 5
  Bolivia 4 2 0 2 4 7 −3 4
  Argentina 4 1 1 2 7 6 +1 3
Bolivia  2–1  Argentina
Reynaldo   29'66' López   5'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sierra (Colombia)

Bolivia  2–1  Brazil
Aragonés   36' (pen.)63' Report Roberto Dinamite   30' (pen.)
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sánchez (Colombia)

Brazil  2–1  Argentina
Zico   2'
Tita   54'
Report Coscia   29'
Attendance: 130,000
Referee: Edison Pérez (Peru)

Argentina  3–0  Bolivia
Passarella   1'
Gáspari   15'
Maradona   65'

Brazil  2–0  Bolivia
Tita   46'
Zico   90'
Report
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: José Vergara Guerrero (Venezuela)

Argentina  2–2  Brazil
Passarella   38'
Díaz   71'
Gallego  
Report Sócrates   17'65' (pen.)
Zico  
Attendance: 68,000
Referee: Roque Cerullo (Uruguay)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Paraguay 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 6
  Uruguay 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
  Ecuador 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 2
Ecuador  1–2  Paraguay
Torres Garcés   64' (pen.) Report Talavera   22'
Solalinde   77'

Ecuador  2–1  Uruguay
Tenorio   6'
Alarcón   9'
Report Victorino   79' (pen.)
Castillo   65'

Paraguay  2–0  Ecuador
Morel   27'
Osorio   48'
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Abel Gnecco (Argentina)

Uruguay  2–1  Ecuador
Bica   4'
Victorino   57' (pen)
Maneiro   78'
Report Klinger   77'
Granda   57'
Ron   81'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Oscar Scolfaro (Brazil)

Paraguay  0–0  Uruguay
Ovelar   35' Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Sergio Vásquez (Chile)

Uruguay  2–2  Paraguay
Milar   54' (pen.)
Paz   83'
Report Morel   34'88'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Edison Pérez (Peru)

SemifinalsEdit

Peru  1–2  Chile
Mosquera   71' Caszely   36'76'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Arppi Filho (Brazil)
Chile  0–0  Peru
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Cardellino (Uruguay)

Paraguay  2–1  Brazil
E. Morel   16'
Talavera   35'
Report Palhinha   79'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Barretto (Uruguay)
Brazil  2–2  Paraguay
Falcão   29'
Sócrates   61' (pen.)
Report M. Morel   31'
Romero   68'
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Espósito (Argentina)

FinalsEdit

First legEdit

Paraguay  3–0  Chile
Romero   12'85'
M. Morel   36'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Luis Gregorio da Rosa (Uruguay)

Second legEdit

Chile  1–0  Paraguay
Rivas   10'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Barreto (Uruguay)

Play-offEdit

Paraguay  0–0
(a.e.t.) [note 1]
  Chile
Notes
  1. ^ As both teams finished tied on points, Paraguay won the playoff on aggregate goals (3–1)

ResultEdit

 1979 Copa América Champions 
 
Paraguay
Second title

Goal scorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Especial Copa America: Los Mejores Jugadores edición por edición" (in Spanish). Goal.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  2. ^ a b c Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 567. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.

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