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The 2011 Copa Libertadores de América (officially the 2011 Copa Santander Libertadores de América for sponsorship reasons) was the 52nd edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, South America's premier international club football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. It was held from January 25 to June 22 of the same year. Brazilian club Internacional were the defending champion, but they were eliminated by Uruguayan team Peñarol in the round of 16. Internacional was succeeded by Brazilian club Santos, who won their third title after defeating Peñarol in the two-legged finals.[2] Santos qualified to the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2012 Recopa Sudamericana.

2011 Copa Libertadores de América
2011 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 25–June 22, 2011
Teams38 (from 11 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil Santos (3rd title)
Runners-upUruguay Peñarol
Tournament statistics
Matches played138
Goals scored358 (2.59 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Roberto Nanni
Brazil Wallyson
(7 goals each)
Best player(s)Brazil Neymar[1]
2010
2012

Qualified teamsEdit

Starting from 2011, the most recent Copa Sudamericana champion would earn a berth in the tournament.[3] However, the country of the Copa Sudamericana champion would not gain an extra berth. The Copa Sudamericana champion would take the lowest-placed berth already assigned to the country if they did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores through domestic performance.[4]

Association Team (Berth) Entry stage Qualification method
  Argentina
5 berths
Argentinos Juniors (Argentina 1) Second Stage 2010 Clausura champion
Estudiantes (Argentina 2) 2010 Apertura champion
Vélez Sársfield (Argentina 3) 2010 tournaments aggregate table best non-champion
Godoy Cruz (Argentina 4) 2010 tournaments aggregate table 2nd best non-champion
Independiente (Argentina 5) First Stage 2010 Copa Sudamericana champion
  Bolivia
3 berths
Jorge Wilstermann (Bolivia 1) Second Stage 2010 Apertura champion
Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia 2) 2010 Clausura champion
Bolívar (Bolivia 3) First Stage 2010 Clausura runner-up
  Brazil
5+1 berths
Internacional (Brazil 1) Second Stage 2010 Copa Libertadores de América champion
Santos (Brazil 2) 2010 Copa do Brasil champion
Fluminense (Brazil 3) 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
Cruzeiro (Brazil 4) 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up
Corinthians (Brazil 5) First Stage 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 3rd place
Grêmio (Brazil 6) 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 4th place
  Chile
3 berths
Universidad Católica (Chile 1) Second Stage 2010 Primera División champion
Colo-Colo (Chile 2) 2010 Primera División round 1 leader
Unión Española (Chile 3) First Stage 2010 Primera División Liguilla winner
  Colombia
3 berths
Junior (Colombia 1) Second Stage 2010 Apertura champion
Once Caldas (Colombia 2) 2010 Finalización champion
Deportes Tolima (Colombia 3) First Stage 2010 Primera A aggregate table best non-champion
  Ecuador
3 berths
LDU Quito (Ecuador 1) Second Stage 2010 Serie A champion
Emelec (Ecuador 2) 2010 Serie A runner-up
Deportivo Quito (Ecuador 3) First Stage 2010 Serie A 3rd place
  Paraguay
3 berths
Libertad (Paraguay 1) Second Stage 2010 Primera División aggregate table best champion
Guaraní (Paraguay 2) 2010 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best champion
Cerro Porteño (Paraguay 3) First Stage 2010 Primera División aggregate table best non-champion
  Peru
3 berths
Universidad San Martín (Peru 1) Second Stage 2010 Descentralizado champion
León de Huánuco (Peru 2) 2010 Descentralizado runner-up
Alianza Lima (Peru 3) First Stage 2010 Descentralizado aggregate table best non-finalist
  Uruguay
3 berths
Peñarol (Uruguay 1) Second Stage 2009–10 Primera División champion
Nacional (Uruguay 2) 2009–10 Primera División runner-up
Liverpool (Uruguay 3) First Stage 2009–10 Primera División aggregate table best non-finalist
  Venezuela
3 berths
Caracas (Venezuela 1) Second Stage 2009–10 Primera División champion
Deportivo Táchira (Venezuela 2) 2009–10 Primera División runner-up
Deportivo Petare (Venezuela 3) First Stage 2009–10 Primera División aggregate table best non-finalist
  Mexico
(CONCACAF)
3 invitees
América (Mexico 1) Second Stage 2010 Apertura classification phase best eligible team
San Luis (Mexico 2) 2010 Apertura classification phase 2nd best eligible team
Chiapas (Mexico 3) First Stage 2010 Apertura classification phase 3rd best eligible team

DrawEdit

The draw for the 2011 Copa Libertadores was held on November 25, 2010 in Asunción.[5][6] The drawing procedure for the 12 teams in the first stage was to alternatively draw a team from each pot. The drawing procedure for the 26 teams in the second stage was to draw out the pots beginning with Pot 1. One team from each pot would be placed, in the order of being drawn, into one of eight groups from 1 to 8. When drawing from Pot 3, if a team had been placed in a group where a team from the same football association was already placed, they were moved to the subsequent group until they were no longer in a group with a team from the same association. However, a first stage winner may be drawn with a team from the same association in the second stage.

For the first time, the seeded teams for the second stage were changed. Up until 2010, the 8 seeded teams included the reigning champion, and clubs from the football associations of Argentina and Brazil. For 2011, the seeded teams consisted of berths 1 from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, and berths 2 from Argentina and Brazil. The reigning champion–Internacional–was berth 1 for Brazil. For 2012, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay would all have their berth 1 teams be seeded teams instead of the berth 1 teams from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.[7]

Prior to the draw, it was announced that Caracas would be one of the eight seeded teams. During the draw, however, Deportivo Táchira was accidentally drawn as the seeded team for Group 4 and Caracas was drawn into Group 5 as a non-seeded team. After the ceremony, CONMEBOL recognized their error and transferred Caracas over to Group 4 and Deportivo Táchira over to Group 5.[8]

First Stage
Pot 1 Pot 2
Second Stage
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

1Teams had not yet fully qualified to the specific berth when the draw took place.[6]

ScheduleEdit

All dates listed are Wednesdays, but matches may be played on the day before (Tuesdays) and after (Thursdays) as well.[6]

Stage First leg Second leg
First Stage January 26 February 2
Second Stage February 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20
Round of 16 April 27 May 4
Quarterfinals May 11 May 18
Semifinals May 25 June 1
Finals June 15 June 22

First stageEdit

The First Stage began on January 25 and ended on February 3. Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team 1 Points Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Deportes Tolima   4:1   Corinthians 0–0 2–0
Chiapas   6:0   Alianza Lima 2–0 2–0
Deportivo Petare   1:4   Cerro Porteño 0–1 1–1
Unión Española   4:1   Bolívar 1–0 0–0
Deportivo Quito   3:3   Independiente 0–2 1–0 −1:+1
Grêmio   4:1   Liverpool 2–2 3–1

Second stageEdit

The Second Stage, played in home-and-away round-robin format, began on February 9 and ended on April 20. The top two teams from each group qualified for the knockout stages.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts LIB OCA USM SLU
  Libertad 6 4 2 0 13 5 +8 14 2–2 5–1 2–0
  Once Caldas 6 1 4 1 7 8 −1 7 1–1 0–3 1–1
  Universidad San Martín 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 6 0–1 0–2 2–0
  San Luis 6 1 2 3 6 9 −3 5 1–2 1–1 3–1

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts JUN GRE OPE LHU
  Junior 6 4 1 1 9 7 +2 13 2–1 2–1 1–1
  Grêmio 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 2–0 3–0 2–0
  Oriente Petrolero 6 2 0 4 7 8 −1 6 1–2 3–0 2–0
  León de Huánuco 6 1 2 3 4 8 −4 5 1–2 1–1 1–0

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts AME FLU NAC ARG
  América 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10 1–0 2–0 2–1
  Fluminense 6 2 2 2 9 9 0 8 3–2 0–0 2–2
  Nacional 6 2 2 2 3 3 0 8 0–0 2–0 0–1
  Argentinos Juniors 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1 7 3–1 2–4 0–1

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts UC VEL CAR UE
  Universidad Católica 6 3 2 1 11 9 +2 11 0–0 1–3 2–1
  Vélez Sársfield 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 10 3–4 3–0 2–1
  Caracas 6 3 0 3 7 10 −3 9 0–2 0–3 2–0
  Unión Española 6 1 1 4 7 11 −4 4 2–2 2–1 1–2

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts CPO SAN CC TAC
  Cerro Porteño 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 11 1–2 5–2 1–1
  Santos 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11 1–1 3–2 3–1
  Colo-Colo 6 3 0 3 15 16 −1 9 2–3 3–2 2–1
  Deportivo Táchira 6 0 2 4 5 12 −7 2 0–2 0–0 2–4

Group 6Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts INT CHI EME WIL
  Internacional 6 4 1 1 14 3 +11 13 4–0 2–0 3–0
  Chiapas 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9 1–0 2–1 2–0
  Emelec 6 2 2 2 4 5 −1 8 1–1 1–0 1–0
  Jorge Wilstermann 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4 1–4 2–1 0–0

Group 7Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts CRU EST TOL GUA
  Cruzeiro 6 5 1 0 20 1 +19 16 5–0 6–1 4–0
  Estudiantes 6 3 1 2 9 11 −2 10 0–3 1–0 5–1
  Deportes Tolima 6 2 2 2 5 8 −3 8 0–0 1–1 1–0
  Guaraní 6 0 0 6 2 16 −14 0 0–2 1–2 0–2

Group 8Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts LDU PEN IND GCR
  LDU Quito 6 3 1 2 12 4 +8 10 5–0 3–0 2–0
  Peñarol 6 3 0 3 6 11 −5 9 1–0 0–1 2–1
  Independiente 6 2 2 2 7 8 −1 8 1–1 3–0 1–3
  Godoy Cruz 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7 2–1 1–3 1–1

Knockout stagesEdit

The last four stages of the tournament (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals), played in home-and-away two-legged format, form a single-elimination tournament, contested by the sixteen teams which advance from the Second Stage.[9] In each tie, the team with the higher seed will play at home in the second leg.

SeedingEdit

The 16 qualified teams are seeded in the knockout stages according to their results in the second stage, with the group winners seeded 1–8, and the group runners-up seeded 9–16.[10] The teams were ranked by: 1. Points (Pts); 2. Goal difference (GD); 3. Goals scored (GF); 4. Away goals (AG); 5. Drawing of lots.

Teams qualified as a group winner
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
1   Cruzeiro 16 +19 20 5
2   Libertad 14 +8 13 4
3   Internacional 13 +11 14 5
4   Junior 13 +2 9 4
5   Cerro Porteño 11 +5 13 6
6   Universidad Católica 11 +2 11 8
7   LDU Quito 10 +8 12 2
8   América 10 +1 8 3
Teams qualified as a group runner-up
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
9   Santos 11 +3 11 4
10   Vélez Sársfield 10 +5 12 4
11   Grêmio 10 +3 9 2
12   Estudiantes 10 −2 9 3
13   Chiapas 9 −2 6 1
14   Peñarol 9 −5 6 3
15   Fluminense 8 0 9 4
16   Once Caldas 7 −1 7 5

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                             
5   Cerro Porteño (p) 0 0 (5)  
12   Estudiantes 0 0 (3)  
  5   Cerro Porteño 1 1  
  13   Chiapas 1 0  
4   Junior 1 3
13   Chiapas (a) 1 3  
  5   Cerro Porteño 0 3  
  9   Santos 1 3  
8   América 0 0  
9   Santos 1 0  
  9   Santos 1 1
  16   Once Caldas 0 1  
1   Cruzeiro 2 0
16   Once Caldas 1 2  
  9   Santos 0 2
  14   Peñarol 0 1
2   Libertad 1 3  
15   Fluminense 3 0  
  2   Libertad 0 2
  10   Vélez Sársfield 3 4  
7   LDU Quito 0 0
10   Vélez Sársfield 3 2  
  10   Vélez Sársfield 0 2
  14   Peñarol (a) 1 1  
6   U. Católica 2 1  
11   Grêmio 1 0  
  6   U. Católica 0 2
  14   Peñarol 2 1  
3   Internacional 1 1
14   Peñarol 1 2  

Round of 16Edit

The Round of 16 began on April 26 and ended on May 5. Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team 1 Points Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Cruzeiro   3:3   Once Caldas 2–1 0–2 −1:+1
Libertad   3:3   Fluminense 1–3 3–0 +1:−1
Internacional   1:4   Peñarol 1–1 1–2
Junior   2:2   Chiapas 1–1 3–3 0:0 1:3
Cerro Porteño   2:2   Estudiantes 0–0 0–0 0:0 0:0 5–3
Universidad Católica   6:0   Grêmio 2–1 1–0
LDU Quito   0:6   Vélez Sársfield 0–3 0–2
América   1:4   Santos 0–1 0–0

QuarterfinalsEdit

The Quarterfinals began on May 11 and ended on May 19. Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team 1 Points Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Libertad   0:6   Vélez Sársfield 0–3 2–4
Cerro Porteño   4:1   Chiapas 1–1 1–0
Universidad Católica   3:3   Peñarol 0–2 2–1 −1:+1
Santos   4:1   Once Caldas 1–0 1–1

SemifinalsEdit

The Semifinals began on May 25 and ended on June 2. Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team 1 Points Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Cerro Porteño   1:4   Santos 0–1 3–3
Vélez Sársfield   3:3   Peñarol 0–1 2–1 0:0 0:1

FinalsEdit

The Finals were played over two legs, with the higher-seeded team playing the second leg at home. If the teams were tied on points and goal difference at the end of regulation in the second leg, the away goals rule would not be applied and 30 minutes of extra time would be played. If still tied after extra time, the title would be decided by penalty shootout.[9]

Peñarol  0–0  Santos
Report

Santos won on points 4–1.

Copa Libertadores de América
2011 Champion
 
Santos
Third Title

Top goalscorersEdit

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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