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1979 Copa Libertadores

The 1979 Copa Libertadores represented the 20th edition of the tournament, which saw Olimpia of Paraguay win the title for the first time, the first time a team from a country outside Uruguay, Argentina or Brazil won the tournament. This allowed the Paraguayan side to play the Intercontinental Cup against Malmö FF of Sweden, in which the South American side won.

1979 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
DatesFebruary 24 – July 27
Teams21 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsParaguay Olimpia (1st title)
Runners-upArgentina Boca Juniors
Tournament statistics
Matches played75
Goals scored212 (2.83 per match)
1978
1980

Qualified teamsEdit

  •   Argentina
    • Boca Juniors (1978 Libertadores Champion)
    • Independiente (Champion of Campeonato Nacional Argentino 1978)
    • Quilmes (Champion of Campeonato Metropolitano Argentino 1978)
  •   Bolivia
    • Bolívar (Champion of Campeonato Boliviano 1978)
    • Jorge Wilsterman (Runners-up of Campeonato Boliviano 1978)
  •   Brazil
    • Guarani (Champion of Campeonato Brasileiro 1978)
    • Palmeiras (Runners-up of Campeonato Brasileiro 1978)
  •   Chile
    • Palestino (Champion of Campeonato Chileno 1978)
    • O’Higgins (Winner Liga Pre-Libertadores 1978)
  •   Colombia
  •   Ecuador
    • El Nacional (Champion of Campeonato Ecuatoriano 1978)
    • Técnico Universitario (Runners-up of Campeonato Ecuatoriano 1978)
  •   Paraguay
    • Olimpia (Champion of Campeonato Paraguayo 1978)
    • Sol de América (Runners-up of Campeonato Paraguayo 1978)
  •   Peru
    • Alianza Lima (Champion of Campeonato Peruano 1978)
    • Universitario (Runners-up of Campeonato Peruano 1978)
  •   Uruguay
    • Peñarol (Champion of Liga Pre-Libertadores 1978)
    • Nacional (Runners-up of Liga Pré-Libertadores 1978)
  •   Venezuela
    • Portuguesa (Champion of Campeonato Venezuelano 1978)
    • Galicia (Runners-up of Campeonato Venezuelano 1978)

Group stageEdit

Boca Juniors, of Argentina skips to semifinals as current champions.

Group 1Edit

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA GD
  Independiente 9 6 4 1 1 12 6 6
  Deportivo Cali 7 6 3 1 2 8 7 1
  Millonarios 6 6 2 2 2 8 11 -3
  Quilmes 2 6 1 0 5 7 11 -4
14 March 1979
Quilmes 1–2 Independiente Quilmes
Millonarios 1–1 Deportivo Cali Bogotá
20 March 1979
Millonarios 3–3 Independiente Bogotá
Deportivo Cali 3–2 Quilmes Cali
23 March 1979
Deportivo Cali 1–0 Independiente Cali
Millonarios 1–0 Quilmes Bogotá
4 April 1979
Independiente 2–0 Quilmes Avellaneda
Deportivo Cali 2–0 Millonarios Cali
10 April 1979
Quilmes 1–2 Millonarios Quilmes
Independiente 1–0 Deportivo Cali Avellaneda
13 April 1979
Quilmes 3–1 Deportivo Cali Quilmes
Independiente 4–1 Millonarios Avellaneda

Group 2Edit

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA GD
  Olimpia 10 6 5 0 1 13 5 8
  Bolívar 9 6 4 1 1 18 7 11
  Sol de América 5 6 2 1 3 9 12 -3
  Jorge Wilstermann 0 6 0 0 6 5 21 -16
23 March 1979
Olímpia 2–1 Sol de América Asunción
25 March 1979
Bolívar 4–0 Jorge Wilstermann La Paz
29 March 1979
Jorge Wilstermann 0–2 Olímpia Cochabamba
Bolívar 4–1 Sol de América La Paz
2 April 1979
Jorge Wilstermann 2–3 Sol de América Santa Cruz
3 April 1979
Bolívar 2–1 Olímpia La Paz
5 April 1979
Sol de América 0–1 Olímpia Asunción
Jorge Wilstermann 0–6 Bolívar La Paz
8 April 1979
Olímpia 4–2 Jorge Wilstermann Asunción
11 April 1979
Sol de América 2–1 Jorge Wilstermann Asunción
15 April 1979
Sol de América 2–2 Bolívar Asunción
18 April 1979
Olímpia 3–0 Bolívar Asunción

Group 3Edit

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA GD
  Guarani 10 6 5 0 1 16 5 11
  Universitario 8 6 4 0 2 15 15 0
  Palmeiras 6 6 3 0 3 15 11 4
  Alianza Lima 0 6 0 0 6 5 20 -15
24 February 1979
Alianza Lima 3–6 Universitario Lima
28 February 1979
Alianza Lima 0–3 Guarani Lima
3 March 1979
Universitario 3–0 Guarani Lima
10 March 1979
Alianza Lima 2–4 Palmeiras Lima
13 March 1979
Universitario 2–5 Palmeiras Lima
21 March 1979
Universitario 1–0 Alianza Lima Lima
25 March 1979
Palmeiras 1–4 Guarani São Paulo
7 April 1979
Guarani 2–0 Alianza Lima Campinas
8 April 1979
Palmeiras 1–2 Universitario São Paulo
11 April 1979
Guarani 6–1 Universitario Campinas
12 April 1979
Palmeiras 4–0 Alianza Lima São Paulo
15 April 1979
Guarani 1–0 Palmeiras Campinas

Group 4Edit

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA GD
  Palestino 10 6 4 2 0 16 2 14
  O'Higgins 7 6 2 3 1 10 4 6
  Portuguesa 4 6 0 4 2 4 12 -8
  Galicia 3 6 0 3 3 3 15 -12
28 February 1979
O'Higgins 1–1 Palestino Rancagua
11 March 1979
Galicia 1–1 Portuguesa Caracas
18 March 1979
Galicia 1–1 Palestino Caracas
Portuguesa 1–1 O'Higgins Valencia
21 March 1979
Portuguesa 0–2 Palestino Valencia
Galicia 0–1 O'Higgins Caracas
29 March 1979
Palestino 1–0 O'Higgins Santiago
Portuguesa 1–1 Galicia Valencia
11 April 1979
Palestino 5–0 Galicia Santiago
O'Higgins 1–1 Portuguesa Rancagua
15 April 1979
Palestino 6–0 Portuguesa Santiago
O'Higgins 6–0 Galicia Rancagua

Group 5Edit

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA GD
  Peñarol 10 6 4 2 0 10 2 8
  Nacional 7 6 2 3 1 7 3 4
  El Nacional 5 6 2 1 3 6 10 -4
  Técnico Universitario 2 6 0 2 4 4 12 -8
4 March 1979
El Nacional 2–1 Técnico Universitario Quito
7 March 1979
Peñarol 0–0 Nacional Montevideo
13 March 1979
Peñarol 4–0 Técnico Universitario Montevideo
16 March 1979
Nacional 2–0 Técnico Universitario Montevideo
20 March 1979
Nacional 3–0 El Nacional Montevideo
23 March 1979
Peñarol 2–1 El Nacional Montevideo
28 March 1979
Nacional 1–1 Peñarol Montevideo
1 April 1979
Técnico Universitario 2–2 El Nacional Ambato
5 April 1979
Técnico Universitario 0–1 Peñarol Ambato
El Nacional 1–0 Nacional Quito
8 April 1979
El Nacional 0–2 Peñarol Quito
Técnico Universitario 1–1 Nacional Ambato

SemifinalsEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA GD
  Boca Juniors 5 4 2 1 1 3 1 2
  Independiente 5 4 2 1 1 2 2 0
  Peñarol 2 4 0 2 2 0 2 -2
10 May 1979
Peñarol 0–0 Independiente Montevideo
16 May 1979
Boca Juniors 1–0 Peñarol Buenos Aires
13 June 1979
Independiente 1–0 Boca Juniors Avellaneda
20 June 1979
Independiente 1–0 Peñarol Avellaneda
27 June 1979
Boca Juniors 2–0 Independiente Buenos Aires
4 July 1979
Peñarol 0–0 Boca Juniors Montevideo
Extra match
11 July 1979
Boca Juniors 1–0 Independiente Buenos Aires

Group BEdit

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA GD
  Olimpia 7 4 3 1 0 8 2 6
  Guarani 3 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1
  Palestino 2 4 0 2 2 2 7 -5
1 May 1979
Palestino 0–0 Guarani Santiago
4 May 1979
Olímpia 2–1 Guarani Asunción
9 May 1979
Palestino 0–2 Olímpia Santiago
16 May 1979
Olímpia 3–0 Palestino Asunción
20 May 1979
Guarani 2–2 Palestino Campinas
24 May 1979
Guarani 1–1 Olímpia Campinas

FinalsEdit

22 July 1979
Olímpia 2–0 Boca Juniors Asunción
27 July 1979
Boca Juniors 0–0 Olímpia Buenos Aires

ChampionEdit

Copa Libertadores
1979 Champions
 
Olimpia
First Title

Top-scorersEdit

External linksEdit