1981 Copa Libertadores Finals

The 1981 Copa Libertadores de América Finals was the final two-legged tie to determine the Copa Libertadores de América champion. It was contested by Brazilian club Flamengo and Chilean club Cobreloa. The first leg of the tie was played on 13 November at Flamengo' home field, with the second leg played on 20 November at Cobreloa'.

1981 Copa Libertadores de América Finals
Event1981 Copa Libertadores de América
2–2 on points
Flamengo won after a play-off
First leg
Date13 November 1981
VenueMaracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
RefereeCarlos Espósito (Argentina)
Second leg
Date20 November 1981
VenueEstadio Nacional, Santiago
RefereeRamón Barreto (Uruguay)
Date23 November 1981 (1981-11-23)
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeRoque Cerullo (Uruguay)

Flamengo won the series after winning a tie-breaking playoff 2-0 at Montevideo's Estadio Centenario.[1] Thus, the Brazilian team achieved its first Copa Libertadores trophy.[2]

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Flamengo None
  Cobreloa None

Both teams came into the finals as first-time finalists of the Copa Libertadores.


The finals will be played over two legs; home and away. The team that accumulates the most points —two for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs will be crowned the champion. If the two teams are tied on points after the second leg, a playoff in a neutral venue will become the next tie-breaker. Goal difference is going to be used as a last resort.


Fltr: Maracaná, Nacional de Santiago and Centenario, venues for the series

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

First leg
Flamengo  2–1  Cobreloa
Zico   12', 30' (pen.) Report Merello   65'
Attendance: 93,985
Referee: Carlos Espósito (Argentina)

Second legEdit

Second leg
Cobreloa  1–0  Flamengo
Merello   79' Report
Attendance: 61,721
Referee: Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)


Flamengo  2–0  Cobreloa
Zico   18', 79' Report
Attendance: 30,200
Referee: Roque Cerullo (Uruguay)
GK 20   Raul
RB 19   Nei Dias
CB 4   Marinho
CB 14   Mozer
LB 5   Júnior
DM 6   Andrade   35'
MF 2   Leandro
AM 10   Zico (c)
FW 12   Tita
CF 9   Nunes   86'
FW 8   Adílio
FW 25   Anselmo   86'   89'
  Paulo César Carpegiani
GK 1   Oscar Wirth
RB 2   Hugo Tabilo
CB 3   Juan Páez   40'
CB 4   Mario Soto (c)   90'
LB 20   Enzo Escobar
DM 6   Eduardo Jiménez   35'
CM 14   Armando Alarcón   23'
CM 8   Victor Merello
RW 11   Héctor Puebla
CF 9   Jorge Luis Siviero   24'
LW 15   Washington Olivera
FW 7   Oscar Múñoz   40'
  Vicente Cantatore

Assistant referees:
Juan Cardelino (Uruguay)
Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)
Fourth official:


  1. ^ 1981 Copa Libertadores Finals by John Beuker and Pablo Ciullini on the RSSSF
  2. ^ La única copa del Flamengo by Juan J. Panno Página/12, 27 Oct 2019