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The 1972 Copa Libertadores was the 13th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's the annual club tournament. Independiente of Argentina defeated Universitario de Deportes of Peru in the finals, and became the second team in the tournament's history to win three title. They would go on and face the winner of the 1971–72 European Cup in the Intercontinental Cup.

1972 Copa Libertadores
1972 Copa Libertadores de América
1972 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 30 – May 24
Teams20 (from 10 confederations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina Independiente (3rd title)
Runners-upPeru Universitario
Tournament statistics
Matches played68
Goals scored175 (2.57 per match)
Top scorer(s)Peru Oswaldo Ramírez (6)
Peru Percy Rojas (6)
Peru Teófilo Cubillas (6)
Brazil Toninho (6)
1971
1973

FormatEdit

The tournament was divided into three phases. The first phase had 19 teams divided into four round-robin groups of four and one group of three (defending champions Nacional received a bye to the second phase). Each group had clubs from two countries. The winners of each group advanced the second phase. Five teams joined the defending champions in two round-robin groups of three. The winners of each group advance to play in the finals. The winner of the finals, and tournament champions, are determined by points (two for a win, one for tie).

Qualified teamsEdit

First phaseEdit

One team from each group qualified to the second group stage.

  • Two points were given for a win;
  • One point was given for a tie;
  • No points were given for a loss;
  • Teams in green qualified for the second group stage;

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts IND ROC SF NAC
  Independiente 6 4 2 0 13 5 +8 10 2–0 2–0 2–0
  Rosario Central 6 3 2 1 8 5 +3 8 2–2 2–0 3–1
  Santa Fe 6 1 2 3 4 9 −5 4 2–4 0–0 1–1
  Atlético Nacional 6 0 2 4 3 9 −6 2 1–1 0–1 0–1

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts BAR AME ORI CHA
  Barcelona 6 3 3 0 8 3 +5 9 2–1 1–1 3–0
  América 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 7 0–0 3–0 1–0
  Oriente Petrolero 6 2 2 2 10 7 +3 6 0–0 4–2 5–0
  Chaco Petrolero 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 2 1–2 1–2 1–0

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts SÃO CER OLI MIN
  São Paulo 6 3 2 1 12 6 +6 8 4–0 3–1 0–0
  Cerro Porteño 6 2 2 2 7 11 −4 6 3–2 1–3 1–0
  Olimpia 6 2 2 2 7 8 −1 6 0–1 1–1 2–2[a]
  Atlético Mineiro 6 0 4 2 5 6 −1 4 2–2 1–1 0–0
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ The game was suspended at 2–2 because Atlético Mineiro was left with 6 players.

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts UNI UCH ALI USF
  Universitario 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 8 2–1 2–1 3–1
  Universidad de Chile 6 3 0 3 12 12 0 6 1–0 2–3 2–1
  Alianza Lima 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 6 2–2 3–4 1–0
  Unión San Felipe 6 1 2 3 5 8 −3 4 0–0 3–2 0–0

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PEÑ ITA VAL
  Peñarol 4 4 0 0 12 3 +9 8 5–1 4–1
  Deportivo Italia 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 3 0–1 2–0
  Valencia 4 0 1 3 3 9 −6 1 1–2 1–1

Second phaseEdit

Semi-final AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts UNI NAC PEÑ
  Universitario 4 1 2 1 9 7 +2 4 3–0 2–3
  Nacional 4 1 2 1 7 7 0 4 3–3 1–1
  Peñarol 4 1 2 1 5 7 −2 4 1–1 0–3

Semi-final BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts IND SÃO BAR
  Independiente 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 5 2–0 1–0[a]
  São Paulo 4 1 2 1 2 3 −1 4 1–0 1–1
  Barcelona 4 0 3 1 2 3 −1 3 1–1 0–0
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Barcelona abandoned the match at that score; results stood.

FinalsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Independiente 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
  Universitario 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
Universitario  0 – 0  Independiente
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Marques (Brazil)

Independiente  2 – 1  Universitario
Maglioni   6'   61' Rojas   79'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Favilli Neto (Brazil)

ChampionEdit

Copa Libertadores
1972 Champions
 
Independiente
Third title

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