1996 Copa Libertadores

The 1996 edition of Copa Libertadores was the 37th in the tournament's history. Twenty-one teams participated in the competition. River Plate, of Argentina, won the tournament for their second time. The tournament began on March 13 and ended on June 26.

1996 Copa Libertadores de América
Libertadores 1996
Tournament details
DatesMarch 13 - June 26
Teams21 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina River Plate (2nd title)
Runners-upColombia América
Tournament statistics
Matches played90
Goals scored252 (2.8 per match)
Top scorer(s)Colombia Anthony de Ávila (11 goals)
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Group stageEdit

Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each for the Group Stage. The top three teams of each group, as well as Grêmio (who received a bye as winners of the previous year's edition of the tournament) qualified to the Round of 16.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts BAR CP ESP OLI
  Barcelona 6 4 1 1 11 8 +3 13 3–2 3–2 2–1
  Cerro Porteño 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10 1–0 2–1 0–0
  ESPOLI 6 2 0 4 7 10 −3 6 1–2 2–1 1–0
  Olimpia 6 1 2 3 5 6 −1 5 1–1 1–2 2–0

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts CAP DFS CRI UNI
  Peñarol 6 2 3 1 13 10 +3 9 1–1 1–1 1–2
  Defensor Sporting 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7 2–4 0–0 2–0
  Sporting Cristal 6 1 4 1 6 7 −1 7 3–3 0–0 0–2
  Universitario 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7 1–3 1–1 1–2

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts AC JR SJ GUA
  América 6 4 0 2 11 2 +9 12 2–0 2–0 5–0
  Junior 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10 1–0 1–0 5–1
  San José 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9 1–0 2–0 2–1
  Guabirá 6 1 1 4 7 16 −9 4 0–2 1–1 4–1

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts COR UCH BOT UC
  Corinthians 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7 13 3–1 3–0 3–1
  Universidad de Chile 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 10 1–0 2–1 2–0
  Botafogo 6 2 1 3 10 10 0 7 1–1 3–1 4–1
  Universidad Católica 6 1 1 4 6 13 −7 4 2–3 0–0 2–1

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts RPL SLA MFC CAR
  River Plate 6 4 2 0 14 3 +11 14 0–0 5–0 2–0
  San Lorenzo 6 2 4 0 13 5 +8 10 1–1 4–0 5–1
  Minervén 6 1 2 3 8 16 −8 5 1–1 2–2 4–2
  Caracas 6 0 2 4 6 17 −11 2 1–4 1–1 1–1

Knockout stagesEdit

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                             
  ESPOLI 1 0 1  
  Corinthians 3 2 5  
    Corinthians 0 1 1  
    Grêmio 3 0 3  
  Botafogo 1 0 1
  Grêmio 1 2 3  
    Grêmio 1 1 2  
    América 0 3 3  
  Cerro Porteño 0 0 0  
  Junior 0 1 1  
    Junior 1 0 1
    América 1 1 2  
  Minervén 1 1 2
  América 1 4 5  
    América 1 0 1
    River Plate 0 2 2
  U. de Chile 3 1 4 (7)  
  Defensor Sporting 2 2 4 (6)  
    U. de Chile 2 1 3
    Barcelona 0 1 1  
  San José 1 1 2 (2)
  Barcelona 0 2 2 (4)  
    U. de Chile 2 0 2
    River Plate 2 1 3  
  San Lorenzo 3 5 8  
  Peñarol 2 1 3  
    San Lorenzo 1 1 2
    River Plate 2 1 3  
  Sporting Cristal 2 2 4
  River Plate 1 5 6  

Round of 16Edit

First leg matches were played between April 30 and May 2. Second leg matches were played on May 8 and May 9.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Universidad de Chile   4–4 (7–6 p)   Defensor Sporting 3–2 1–2
Botafogo   1–3   Grêmio 1–1 0–2
Cerro Porteño   0–1   Junior 0–0 0–1
Minervén   2–5   América 1–1 1–4
Sporting Cristal   4–6   River Plate 2–1 2–5
San José   2–2 (2–4 p)   Barcelona 1–0 1–2
ESPOLI   1–5   Corinthians 1–3 0–2
San Lorenzo   8–3   Peñarol 3–2 5–1

Quarter-FinalsEdit

First leg matches were played on May 15. Second leg matches were played on May 22 and May 24.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
San Lorenzo   2-3   River Plate 1-2 1-1
Corinthians   1-3   Grêmio 0-3 1-0
Junior   1-2   América 1-1 0-1
Universidad de Chile   3-1   Barcelona 2-0 1-1

Semi-FinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Universidad de Chile   2-3   River Plate 2-2 0-1
Grêmio   2-3   América 1-0 1-3

First legEdit

Second legEdit

River Plate won 3–2 on aggregate.

First legEdit

Second legEdit

América won 3–2 on aggregate.

FinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
América   1-2   River Plate 1-0 0-2

River Plate won 2–1 on aggregate.

ChampionEdit

 Copa Libertadores 1996 
 
River Plate
Second title

ReferencesEdit