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1997 Copa Libertadores Finals

1997 Copa Libertadores Finals
Event 1997 Copa Libertadores
First leg
Date 6 August 1997
Venue Estadio Nacional, Lima
Referee Byron Moreno
Second leg
Date 13 August 1997
Venue Estádio do Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Referee Javier Castrilli
Attendance 95,472 (106,853)
1996
1998

The 1997 Copa Libertadores Final was a two-legged football match-up to determine the 1997 Copa Libertadores champion. It was contested by Peruvian club Sporting Cristal and Brazilian club Cruzeiro. The first leg was played on August 6 at Sporting Cristal's home field, with the second leg played on August 13 at Cruzeiro's.

Cruzeiro and Sporting Cristal were in their 3rd and 1st Copa Libertadores finals, respectively. Cruzeiro's last appearance was in 1977, in which they lost to Argentine club Boca Juniors.

Qualified teams

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
23x15px Sporting Cristal None
23x15px Cruzeiro 1976, 1977

Rules

The final was played over two legs; home and away. The team that accumulates the most points —three for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs will be crowned the champion. The away-goals rule will not be used. Should the two teams be tied on points after the second leg, the team with the best goal difference will win. If the two teams have equal goal difference, extra time will be used. The extra time will consist of two 15-minute halves. If the tie is still not broken, a penalty shoot-out will ensue according to the Laws of the Game.

Route to the Finals

Cruzeiro qualified to the 1997 Copa Libertadores as the champion team in the 1996 Brazilian Cup. Sporting Cristal qualified as 1996 Peruvian champions.

Group 4 of the First Stage

Final Group 4 standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Grêmio 6 4 0 2 10 3 +7 12
23x15px Cruzeiro 6 3 0 3 6 5 +1 9
23x15px Sporting Cristal 6 2 2 2 4 5 −1 8
23x15px Alianza Lima 6 1 2 3 2 9 −7 5

Both Cruzeiro and Sporting Cristal were drawn into Group 4, together with their compatriots Grêmio (1996 Brazilian champions) and Alianza Lima (1996 Peruvian championship 2nd place), respectively. Cruzeiro's first group match was against Grêmio in Belo Horizonte. Cruzeiro lost 2-1, with their goal scored by Aílton. Cristal's first group match was against their rivals Alianza, in Lima. The Peruvian teams tied by 0-0.

Cruzeiro second group match was on the road against Alianza Lima. The Brazilian team lost by 1-0. They stayed on the road to play Sporting Cristal. The Peruvian team won by 1-0, and Cruzeiro lost its third game in the tournament, with a few chances of classification to the next stage.

Sporting Cristal third group match was in its home ground too, now against Grêmio, and winning again by 1-0.

Cruzeiro fourth group match was against Grêmio, but this time in the rival's ground, in Porto Alegre. With the obligation of winning to keep the chance of classification alive, Cruzeiro made 1-0 with Palhinha and scored its first three point in the competition. In the same day, Sporting Cristal tied again by 1-1 against Alianza Lima.

The next two games Cruzeiro played at home. Alianza Lima visited first and lost the match 2-0, goals by Reinaldo and Palhinha. In Cruzeiro's last match of group play, they played host to Sporting Cristal, whom they beat 2-1, goals by Alex Mineiro and Reinaldo.

Sporting Cristal last group match was visiting Grêmio in Porto Alegre and losing by 2-0.

Cruzeiro and Sporting Cristal finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, which advanced them to the Round of 16, together with Grêmio, who finished 1st.

Cruzeiro in the knockout stages

In the round of 16, they played against Ecuatorian club El Nacional. The first leg was played in Quito and Cruzeiro lost the match 1-0. Second leg, played at home, Cruzeiro won 2-1, with Marcelo Ramos scoring twice, sending the decision to the penalty shootout. In the penalty kicks, Cruzeiro won 5-3, advancing to the next stage.

Cruzeiro's quarterfinal match-up was against fellow Brazilian side Grêmio over again. The first leg, played at home, was won 2-0, goals by Alex Mineiro and Elivélton. The second leg, played in Porto Alegre, was lost 2-1, Fabinho scoring, with Cruzeiro advancing to the next stage by goal difference (3-2).

Cruzeiro's semifinal match-up was against Chilean club Colo-Colo. Cruzeiro won the first leg 1-0, goal scored by Marcelo Ramos, in Belo Horizonte. In Santiago lost 3-2, with Marcelo Ramos and Cleison scoring the goals, deciding again in the penalty kicks. In the penalty shootout Cruzeiro won 4-1, advancing to the Copa Libertadores Final Matches after 20 years.

As of the finals, Cruzeiro has an efficacy rating of 50% (6 wins, 6 loss).

Sporting Cristal in the knockout stages

In the round of 16, they played against Argentine club Vélez Sarsfield. The first leg was played home and the teams tied 0-0. Second leg, played away in Buenos Aires, Cristal surprisingly won 1-0, advancing to the next stage.

Sporting Cristal's quarterfinal match-up was against Bolivian club Bolívar. The first leg, played in La Paz, Cristal loss 2-1. But in the second leg, played home, the Peruvian squad won 3-0, advancing to the next stage by goal difference (4-2).

In the semifinals Sporting Cristal met another Argentine club, Racing Club. In the first leg, played in Avellaneda, Cristal loss 3-2. In the second leg, played home, Cristal won 4-1 and advanced to the next stage over again by goal difference (6-4). Was the best season of a Peruvian team in Copa Libertadores.

As of the finals, Sporting Cristal has an efficacy rating of 50% (5 wins, 3 draws, 4 loss).

Knockout stages summary

Cruzeiro Sporting Cristal
23x15px El Nacional
A
0–1
Round of 16
First leg
23x15px Vélez Sarsfield
H
0–0
23x15px El Nacional
H
2–1
(p. 5–3)
Marcelo Ramos 61', 69' Second leg 23x15px Vélez Sarsfield
A
1–0
Jorge Soto 86'
23x15px Grêmio
H
2–0
Alex Mineiro
Elivelton
Quarterfinals
First leg
23x15px Bolívar
A
1–2

Luis Alberto Bonnet 82'

23x15px Grêmio
A
1–2
Fabinho Second leg 23x15px Bolívar
H
3–0
Nolberto Solano 32'
Jorge Soto 57'
Prince Amoako 66'
23x15px Colo-Colo
H
1–0
Marcelo Ramos 6' Semifinals
First leg
23x15px Racing Club
A
2–3
Jorge Soto 42'
Luis Alberto Bonnet 85'
23x15px Colo-Colo
A
2–3
(p. 4–1)
Marcelo Ramos 28'
Cleison 64'
Second leg 23x15px Racing Club
H
4–1
Luis Alberto Bonnet 5'
Julio Rivera 41'
Luis Alberto Bonnet 59'
Nolberto Solano 73'

Final summary

First leg

SPORTING CRISTAL:
GK 1 23x15px 23x15px Julio Cesar Balerio
DF 19 23x15px Manuel Marengo
DF 3 23x15px Miguel Rebosio Substituted off
DF 2 23x15px Marcelo Asteggiano
DF 21 23x15px Martin Vasquez Substituted off
MF 4 23x15px Jorge Soto
MF 6 23x15px Pedro Garay
MF 8 23x15px Alfredo Carmona Substituted off
MF 7 23x15px Nolberto Solano
FW 18 23x15px Luis Alberto Bonnet
ST 11 23x15px 23x15px Julinho
Substitutes:
DF 15 23x15px Erick Torres Substituted in
ST 24 23x15px Andrés Mendoza Substituted in
MF 10 23x15px Alex Magallanes Substituted in
Manager:
23x15px Sergio Markarián
CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 23x15px Dida
RB 2 23x15px Vítor
DF 16 23x15px Gélson Baresi
DF 22 23x15px Wilson Gottardo
LB 6 23x15px Nonato
DMF 15 23x15px Donizete Oliveira
DMF 5 23x15px Fabinho
MF 8 23x15px Ricardinho
MF 10 23x15px Palhinha Substituted off
MF 9 23x15px Cleison
FW 23 23x15px Marcelo Ramos Substituted off
Substitutes:
FW 19 23x15px Da Silva Substituted in
FW 23x15px Tico Substituted in
Manager:
23x15px Paulo Autuori

Assistant referees:
23x15px
23x15px
Fourth official:
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Second leg

CRUZEIRO:
GK 1 23x15px Dida
RB 2 23x15px Vítor
DF 16 23x15px Gélson Baresi
DF 22 23x15px Wilson Gottardo
LB 6 23x15px Nonato
DMF 15 23x15px Donizete Oliveira
DMF 5 23x15px Fabinho
MF 8 23x15px Ricardinho Substituted off 71'
MF 10 23x15px Palhinha
MF 20 23x15px Elivelton
FW 23 23x15px Marcelo Ramos
Substitutes:
FW 19 23x15px Da Silva Substituted in 71'
Manager:
23x15px Paulo Autuori
SPORTING CRISTAL:
GK 1 23x15px 23x15px Julio Cesar Balerio
DF 4 23x15px Jorge Soto
DF 19 23x15px Manuel Marengo
DF 2 23x15px Marcelo Asteggiano
DF 15 23x15px Erick Torres Substituted off 73'
MF 6 23x15px Pedro Garay
MF 7 23x15px Nolberto Solano
MF 16 23x15px Julio Rivera
MF 20 23x15px Prince Amoako Substituted off 56'
FW 18 23x15px Luis Alberto Bonnet Substituted off 85'
ST 11 23x15px 23x15px Julinho
Substitutes:
MF 8 23x15px Alfredo Carmona Substituted in 56'
DF 5 23x15px Roger Serrano Substituted in 73'
FW 22 23x15px Ismael Abrahamson Substituted in 85'
Manager:
23x15px Sergio Markarian

Assistant referees:
23x15px Luis Olivetto
23x15px Gerardo Bertoni

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