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2015 Copa Libertadores

2015 Copa Libertadores de América
2015 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores de América
2015 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores da América
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Tournament details
Dates February 3 – August 5, 2015
Teams 38 (from 11 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 132
Goals scored 328 (2.48 per match)
Top scorer(s) 23x15px Gustavo Bou (8 goals)
2014
2016

The 2015 Copa Libertadores de América (officially the 2015 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores for sponsorship reasons)[1] is the 56th edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, South America's premier club football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. The winner (or the best-placed South American team if the winner is from Mexico) will play in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2016 Recopa Sudamericana.[2] San Lorenzo were the defending champions, but they were eliminated in the group stage.

Teams

The following 38 teams from 11 associations (the 10 CONMEBOL members plus Mexico which were invited to compete) qualified for the tournament:

  • Title holders
  • Argentina and Brazil: 5 berths each
  • All associations other than Argentina and Brazil: 3 berths each

Among them, 12 teams (the team with the lowest berth from each of the 11 associations, plus the team with the second lowest berth from the association of the title holders) are entered in the first stage, and the remaining 26 teams are entered in the second stage.

Association Team (Berth) Entry stage Qualification method
23x15px Argentina
5+1 berths
San Lorenzo (Argentina 1; Title holders) Second stage 2014 Copa Libertadores champion
River Plate (Argentina 2) 2014 Torneo Final champion[3]
Racing (Argentina 3) 2014 Torneo Transición champion[4]
Boca Juniors (Argentina 4) 2013–14 Primera División aggregate table best team not yet qualified[3]
Huracán (Argentina 5) First stage 2013–14 Copa Argentina champion[3]
Estudiantes (Argentina 6) 2014 Copa Sudamericana best Argentine team not yet qualified[3]
23x15px Bolivia
3 berths
Universitario (Bolivia 1) Second stage 2014 Clausura champion[5]
San José (Bolivia 2) 2014 Clausura runner-up[5]
The Strongest (Bolivia 3) First stage 2014 Clausura 3rd place[5]
23x15px Brazil
5 berths
Cruzeiro (Brazil 1) Second stage 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion[6]
Atlético Mineiro (Brazil 2) 2014 Copa do Brasil champion[6]
São Paulo (Brazil 3) 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up[6]
Internacional (Brazil 4) 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 3rd place[6]
Corinthians (Brazil 5) First stage 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 4th place[6]
23x15px Chile
3 berths
Colo-Colo (Chile 1) Second stage 2014 Clausura champion[7]
Universidad de Chile (Chile 2) 2014 Apertura champion[8]
Palestino (Chile 3) First stage 2014 Apertura Liguilla winner[8]
23x15px Colombia
3 berths
Atlético Nacional (Colombia 1) Second stage 2014 Apertura champion[9]
Santa Fe (Colombia 2) 2014 Finalización champion[9]
Once Caldas (Colombia 3) First stage 2014 Primera A aggregate table best team not yet qualified[9]
23x15px Ecuador
3 berths
Emelec (Ecuador 1) Second stage 2014 Serie A champion[10]
Barcelona (Ecuador 2) 2014 Serie A runner-up[10]
Independiente del Valle (Ecuador 3) First stage 2014 Serie A aggregate table best team not yet qualified[10]
23x15px Mexico
(CONCACAF)
3 invitees
UANL (Mexico 1) Second stage 2014 Apertura classification phase best team not qualified for 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League
Atlas (Mexico 2) 2014 Apertura classification phase 2nd best team not qualified for 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League
Morelia (Mexico 3) First stage 2014 Supercopa MX champion[11]
23x15px Paraguay
3 berths
Libertad (Paraguay 1) Second stage 2014 Apertura champion and 2014 Clausura champion[12]
Guaraní (Paraguay 2) 2014 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best team[12]
Cerro Porteño (Paraguay 3) First stage 2014 Primera División aggregate table 3rd best team[12]
23x15px Peru
3 berths
Sporting Cristal (Peru 1) Second stage 2014 Descentralizado champion[13]
Juan Aurich (Peru 2) 2014 Descentralizado runner-up[13]
Alianza Lima (Peru 3) First stage 2014 Torneo del Inca champion[13]
23x15px Uruguay
3 berths
Danubio (Uruguay 1) Second stage 2013–14 Primera División champion[14]
Montevideo Wanderers (Uruguay 2) 2013–14 Primera División runner-up[14]
Nacional (Uruguay 3) First stage 2013–14 Primera División aggregate table best team not yet qualified[14]
23x15px Venezuela
3 berths
Zamora (Venezuela 1) Second stage 2013–14 Primera División champion[15]
Mineros (Venezuela 2) 2013–14 Primera División runner-up[15]
Deportivo Táchira (Venezuela 3) First stage 2013–14 Primera División aggregate table best team not yet qualified[15]

Draw

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Location of teams of the 2015 Copa Libertadores from South America.
Location of teams of the 2015 Copa Libertadores from Mexico.

The draw of the tournament was held on December 2, 2014 in Luque, Paraguay.[16]

For the first stage, the 12 teams were drawn into six ties containing a team from Pot 1 and a team from Pot 2, with the former hosting the second leg. The seeding of each team was determined by which associations reached the furthest stage in the previous Copa Libertadores.[2]

Pot 1 Pot 2

23x15px Huracán
23x15px Estudiantes
23x15px The Strongest
23x15px Once Caldas
23x15px Cerro Porteño
23x15px Nacional

23x15px Corinthians
23x15px Palestino
23x15px Independiente del Valle
23x15px Morelia
23x15px Alianza Lima
23x15px Deportivo Táchira

For the second stage, the 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four containing one team from each of the four seeding pots. The seeding of each team was determined by their association and qualifying berth (as per the rotational agreement established by CONMEBOL, the teams which qualified through berths 1 from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela were seeded into Pot 1 for odd-numbered years, while the teams which qualified through berths 1 from Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay were seeded into Pot 1 for even-numbered years).[2] Teams from the same association in Pots 1 and 2 could not be drawn into the same group. However, a first stage winner, whose identity was not known at the time of the draw, could be drawn into the same group with another team from the same association.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

23x15px San Lorenzo
23x15px River Plate
23x15px Cruzeiro
23x15px Atlético Mineiro
23x15px Atlético Nacional
23x15px Emelec
23x15px Sporting Cristal
23x15px Zamora

23x15px Racing
23x15px Boca Juniors
23x15px São Paulo
23x15px Internacional
23x15px Santa Fe
23x15px Barcelona
23x15px Juan Aurich
23x15px Mineros

23x15px Universitario
23x15px San José
23x15px Colo-Colo
23x15px Universidad de Chile
23x15px Libertad
23x15px Guaraní
23x15px Danubio
23x15px Montevideo Wanderers

23x15px UANL
23x15px Atlas
23x15px Huracán[†]
23x15px Estudiantes[†]
23x15px Deportivo Táchira[†]
23x15px The Strongest[†]
23x15px Palestino[†]
23x15px Corinthians[†]

Notes
  1. First stage winners.

Schedule

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all dates listed are Wednesdays, but matches may be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well).[17] There is a two-month break between the quarterfinals and semifinals due to the 2015 Copa América.

Stage First leg Second leg
First stage February 4 February 11
Second stage February 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18
April 1, 8, 15, 22
Round of 16 April 29[‡]
May 6
May 6[‡], 13
Quarterfinals May 20 May 27
Semifinals July 15 July 22
Finals July 29 August 5
Notes
  1. For matches involving teams from Mexico.[18]

First stage

In the first stage, each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If tied on aggregate, the away goals rule was used. If still tied, the penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner (no extra time was played). The winners of each tie advanced to the second stage to join the 26 automatic qualifiers.[2]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alianza Lima 23x15px 0–4 23x15px Huracán 0–4 0–0
Independiente del Valle 23x15px 1–4 23x15px Estudiantes 1–0 0–4
Deportivo Táchira 23x15px 4–3 23x15px Cerro Porteño 2–1 2–2
Morelia 23x15px 1–3 23x15px The Strongest 1–1 0–2
Palestino 23x15px 2–2 (a) 23x15px Nacional 1–0 1–2
Corinthians 23x15px 5–1 23x15px Once Caldas 4–0 1–1

Second stage

In the second stage, each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers were applied in the following order: 1. Goal difference; 2. Goals scored; 3. Away goals scored; 4. Drawing of lots. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16.[2]

Group 1

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Group 3

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Group 4

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Group 8

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Knockout stages

In the knockout stages, the 16 teams play a single-elimination tournament, with the following rules:[2]

  • Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, with the higher-seeded team hosting the second leg. However, CONMEBOL requires that the second leg of the finals must be played in South America, i.e., a finalist from Mexico must host the first leg regardless of seeding.
  • In the round of 16, quarterfinals, and semifinals, if tied on aggregate, the away goals rule is used. If still tied, the penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner (no extra time is played).
  • In the finals, if tied on aggregate, the away goals rule is not used, and 30 minutes of extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, the penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner.
  • If there are two semifinalists from the same association, they must play each other.

Seeding

The 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.[2]

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Bracket

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                                     
16  23x15px River Plate 1 0 1  
1  23x15px Boca Juniors (DQ) 0 0 0  
  16  23x15px River Plate 0 3 3  
  8  23x15px Cruzeiro 1 0 1  
9  23x15px São Paulo 1 0 1 (3)
8  23x15px Cruzeiro (p) 0 1 1 (4)  
  16  23x15px River Plate  
  13  23x15px Guaraní  
13  23x15px Guaraní 2 1 3  
4  23x15px Corinthians 0 0 0  
  13  23x15px Guaraní 1 0 1
  5  23x15px Racing 0 0 0  
12  23x15px Montevideo Wanderers 1 1 2
5  23x15px Racing 1 2 3  
   Winner F1
   Winner F2
11  23x15px Estudiantes 2 0 2  
6  23x15px Santa Fe 1 2 3  
  6  23x15px Santa Fe 1 0 1
  3  23x15px Internacional 0 2 2  
14  23x15px Atlético Mineiro 2 1 3
3  23x15px Internacional 2 3 5  
  3  23x15px Internacional
  2  23x15px UANL  
10  23x15px Emelec 2 0 2  
7  23x15px Atlético Nacional 0 1 1  
  10  23x15px Emelec 1 0 1
  2  23x15px UANL 0 2 2  
15  23x15px Universitario 1 1 2
2  23x15px UANL 2 1 3  

Round of 16

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
River Plate 23x15px 1–0[A] 23x15px Boca Juniors 1–0 0–0 (susp.)
Universitario 23x15px 2–3 23x15px UANL 1–2 1–1
Atlético Mineiro 23x15px 3–5 23x15px Internacional 2–2 1–3
Guaraní 23x15px 3–0 23x15px Corinthians 2–0 1–0
Montevideo Wanderers 23x15px 2–3 23x15px Racing 1–1 1–2
Estudiantes 23x15px 2–3 23x15px Santa Fe 2–1 0–2
Emelec 23x15px 2–1 23x15px Atlético Nacional 2–0 0–1
São Paulo 23x15px 1–1 (3–4 p) 23x15px Cruzeiro 1–0 0–1
Notes
  1. ^ The second leg of Boca Juniors against River Plate was suspended after River Plate players were attacked with tear gas by Boca Juniors fans when the squad returned to the field following halftime, with the match still 0–0 (River Plate leading 1–0 on aggregate).[19] CONMEBOL opened disciplinary proceedings against Boca Juniors, and decided to disqualify them from the tournament on May 16, 2015.[20][21]

Quarterfinals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
River Plate 23x15px 3–1 23x15px Cruzeiro 0–1 3–0
Emelec 23x15px 1–2 23x15px UANL 1–0 0–2
Santa Fe 23x15px 1–2 23x15px Internacional 1–0 0–2
Guaraní 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Racing 1–0 0–0

Semifinals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
River Plate 23x15px F1 23x15px Guaraní Jul 14 Jul 21
Internacional 23x15px F2 23x15px UANL Jul 15 Jul 22

Finals

The finals are played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, with the higher-seeded team hosting the second leg. If tied on aggregate, the away goals rule is not used, and 30 minutes of extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, the penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner.[2]

NOTE: A finalist from Mexico must host the first leg regardless of seeding (Regulations Article 3.7b: "El Torneo deberá indefectiblemente finalizar en un país perteneciente al continente sudamericano. Para tal caso, de llegar a las finales un equipo que no pertenece al continente sudamericano, deberá indefectiblemente jugar su primer partido de local." English translation: "The Tournament shall invariably end in a country belonging to the South American continent. Therefore, provided that a team not belonging to the South American continent qualifies to the finals, it shall invariably play the first leg at its home.").[2]

July 29, 2015
Lower-seeded finalist v Higher-seeded finalist
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August 5, 2015
Higher-seeded finalist v Lower-seeded finalist
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Top goalscorers

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Team Goals
1 23x15px Gustavo Bou 23x15px Racing 8
2 23x15px Guido Carrillo 23x15px Estudiantes 7
3 23x15px Miler Bolaños 23x15px Emelec 6
23x15px Federico Santander 23x15px Guaraní 6
5 23x15px Esteban Paredes 23x15px Colo-Colo 5
6 23x15px Ramón Ábila 23x15px Huracán 4
23x15px Elias 23x15px Corinthians 4
23x15px Pablo Daniel Escobar 23x15px The Strongest 4
23x15px Enrique Esqueda 23x15px UANL 4
23x15px Paolo Guerrero 23x15px Corinthians 4
23x15px Joffre Guerrón 23x15px UANL 4
23x15px Leandro Damião 23x15px Cruzeiro 4
23x15px Diego Milito 23x15px Racing 4
23x15px Wilson Morelo 23x15px Santa Fe 4
23x15px Rafael Sóbis 23x15px UANL 4
23x15px Luis Carlos Ruiz 23x15px Atlético Nacional 4
23x15px Valdívia 23x15px Internacional 4
23x15px Zamir Valoyes 23x15px Mineros 4

Source: CONMEBOL.com[22]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2015 – Reglamento" (PDF) (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Reglamento del Campeonato de Primera División 2013/2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). AFA. 
  4. ^ "Reglamento del Campeonato de Primera División 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). AFA. 
  5. ^ a b c "En el Clausura se repartirán siete premios internacionales" (in Spanish). JornadaNet.com. 2 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Campeonato Brasileiro da Série A de 2014 REC - REGULAMENTO ESPECÍFICO DA COMPETIÇÃO" (PDF). CBF. 
  7. ^ "Bases Campeonato Nacional Primera División 2013-2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). ANFP. 
  8. ^ a b "Bases Campeonato Nacional Primera División 2014-2015" (PDF) (in Spanish). ANFP. 
  9. ^ a b c "Reglamento Liga Postobon 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). dimayor.com. 
  10. ^ a b c "Reglamento del Comité Ejecutivo de fútbol Profesional" (PDF) (in Spanish). FEF. 
  11. ^ "Nace la SUPERCOPA MX" (in Spanish). ligamx.net. 20 June 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Reglamento del Campeonato Oficial Año 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). APF. 
  13. ^ a b c "Bases del Torneo Descentralizado 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). ADFP. 
  14. ^ a b c "Reglamento de Primera División" (PDF) (in Spanish). AUF. 
  15. ^ a b c "Comisión de Torneos Nacionales Normas Reguladoras de Categoría Nacional Temporada 2013–2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). FVF. 
  16. ^ "El 2 de diciembre será el sorteo de la Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2015" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. August 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Copa Bridgestone Libertadores: la edición 56° se iniciará el 4 de febrero del 2015" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. October 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Copa Bridgestone Libertadores: programación de los Octavos de Final" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. April 20, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Boca Juniors versus River Plate suspended after apparent tear gas attack". Goal.com. May 14, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Apertura de expediente disciplinario al Club Atlético Boca Juniors" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. May 15, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Comunicado de la Unidad Disciplinaria" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. May 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Copa Libertadores 2015 — Goleadores" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. 

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