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1979 Copa América Finals

The 1979 Copa América Final was the final match to determine the Copa América champion. The first leg was held on November 28 in Defensores del Chaco of Asunción. The second leg was held in Estadio Nacional of Santiago on November 5, while the play-off match was held on December 11 in Vélez Sarsfield's venue, José Amalfitani of Buenos Aires.[1]

1979 Copa América Finals
Event1979 Copa América
As both teams finished tied on points, Paraguay won the playoff on aggregate goals (3–1)
First leg
Date28 November 1979
VenueDefensores del Chaco, Asunción
RefereeLuis Gregorio da Rosa (Uruguay)
Attendance40,000
Second leg
Date5 December 1979
VenueEstadio Nacional, Santiago
RefereeBarreto (Uruguay)
Attendance55,000
Play-off
Date11 December, 1979
VenueJosé Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
RefereeArnaldo Coelho (Brazil)
Attendance6,000
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The final was played in the two-legged tie system, with the team earning more points being the champion. In case both teams finished tied on points, a play-off match would be played in neutral venue, which finally happened as Paraguay and Chile had won one game each.

After the play-off match also finished in a tie (0–0 with no extra time played), Paraguay was crowned champion on aggregate goals (3–1), winning its second title.[2]

Paraguay won its second Copa América title, in the year when also a club team from the country, Olimpia, won its first Copa Libertadores. Some Olimpia players formed the basis of the national team that played the Copa América, with Alicio Solalinde, Hugo Talavera, Roberto Paredes, Evaristo Isasi and Carlos Kiese among them.[3]

VenuesEdit

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

Paraguay  3–0  Chile
Romero   12'85'
Morel   36'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Luis Gregorio da Rosa (Uruguay)
GK 12 Roberto Fernández
DF Juan C. Espínola
DF Roberto Paredes   79'
DF Flaminio Sosa
DF Juan Torales
MF Luis E. Torres   62'
MF Carlos Kiese
MF 8 Julio C. Romero
FW Evaristo Isasi
FW Milcíades Morel
FW Eugenio Morel
Substitutions:
MF Aldo Florentín   62'
DF Cristín Cibils   79'
Manager:
  Ranulfo Miranda
GK 1 Mario Osbén
DF Mario Galindo
DF René Valenzuela
DF Alberto Quintano
DF Enzo Escobar
MF Carlos Rivas
MF Mario Soto
MF Eduardo Bonvallet   46'
MF Manuel Rojas
FW Carlos Caszely
FW Oscar Fabbiani
Substitutions:
MF Víctor Estay   46'
Manager:
  Luis Santibáñez

Second legEdit

Chile  1–0  Paraguay
Rivas   10'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Barreto (Uruguay)
GK 1 Mario Osbén
DF Mario Galindo
DF René Valenzuela
DF Elías Figueroa
DF Enzo Escobar
MF Carlos Rivas
MF Manuel Rojas   85'
MF Eduardo Bonvallet
MF Oscar Fabbiani   56'
FW Carlos Caszely
FW Leonardo Véliz
Substitutions:
FW Víctor Estay   56'
MF Miguel Neira   85'
Manager:
  Santibáñez
GK 12 Roberto Fernández
DF Alicio Solalinde
DF Roberto Paredes
DF Flaminio Sosa
DF Juan Torales
MF 8 Julio C. Romero
MF Carlos Kiese   46'
MF Hugo Talavera   80'
FW Evaristo Isasi
FW Milcíades Morel
FW Eugenio Morel
Substitutions:
MF Aldo Florentín   46'
MF Roberto Cabañas   80'
Manager:
  Ranulfo Miranda

Play-offEdit

Paraguay  0–0
(a.e.t.)
  Chile
Paraguay won on aggregate goals (3–1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraguay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chile
GK 12 Roberto Fernández
DF Juan Carlos Espínola
DF Roberto Paredes
DF Flaminio Sosa
DF Juan Torales
MF Aldo Florentín
MF Carlos Kiese
MF 8 Julio César Romero
FW 22 Amado Pérez   85'
FW Milcíades Morel
FW Osvaldo Aquino   61'
Substitutions:
MF Luis E. Torres   61'
DF Cristín Cibils   85'
Manager:
  Ranulfo Miranda
GK 1 Mario Osbén
DF 10 Mario Galindo
DF 13 René Valenzuela
DF Elías Figueroa
DF 11 Enzo Escobar
MF Carlos Rivas
MF Rodolfo Dubó   90'
MF 17 Manuel Rojas
FW Leonardo Véliz
FW Carlos Caszely
FW Oscar Fabbiani   61'
Substitutions:
FW Patricio Yáñez   61'
MF Víctor Estay   90'
Manager:
  Luis Santibáñez

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paraguay, campeón de América en 1979 on ABC, 11 Dec 2018
  2. ^ Copa América 1975 by Martín Tabeira on the RSSSF
  3. ^ Garra y lujo: el camino de Paraguay
  4. ^ a b c Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 567. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.