1979 Copa America
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1979 Copa America
1979 Copa América
Tournament details
DatesJuly 18 - December 12
Teams10 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions Paraguay
Runners-up Chile
Third place Brazil
Fourth place Peru
Tournament statistics
Matches played25
Goals scored63 (2.52 per match)
Attendance1,144,000 (45,760 per match)
Top scorer(s)Paraguay Eugenio Morel
Chile Jorge Peredo
(4 goals each)
Best player(s)Chile Carlos Caszely[1]
1975
1983

The 1979 edition of the Copa América soccer tournament was played between July 18 and December 12. This time, the continental champion would not go to the FIFA World Cup. It was not held in a particular country, all matches were played on a home and away basis. Defending champions Peru were given a bye into the semi-finals.

Squads

First round

The teams were drawn into three groups, consisting of three teams each. Each team played twice (home and away) against the other teams in their group, with two points for a win, one point for a draw, nil points for a loss. The winner of each group advanced to the semi-finals.


Peru qualified automatically as holders for the semifinal.


Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Chile 4 2 1 1 10 2 +8 5
 Colombia 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3 5
 Venezuela 4 0 2 2 1 12 -11 2
Attendance: 18,000

Venezuela 1-1 Chile
Carvajal Goal 70 Peredo Goal 81
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: César Pagano (Peru)

Colombia 1-0 Chile
Díaz Goal 21


Chile 7-0 Venezuela
Peredo Goal 359
Rivas Goal 3854
Véliz Goal 76
Soto Goal 80
Yáñez Goal 84
Páez Red card
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Enrique Labó (Peru)

Chile 2-0 Colombia
Caszely Goal 14
Peredo Goal 58
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Wilfredo Cáceres (Paraguay)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 5
 Bolivia 4 2 0 2 4 7 -3 4
 Argentina 4 1 1 2 7 6 +1 3
Bolivia 2-1 Argentina
Reynaldo Goal 2966 López Goal 5
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sierra (Colombia)

Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Octavio Sánchez (Colombia)

Brazil 2-1 Argentina
Zico Goal 2
Tita Goal 54
Report Coscia Goal 29
Attendance: 130,000
Referee: Edison Pérez (Peru)


Brazil 2-0 Bolivia
Tita Goal 46
Zico Goal 90
Report
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: José Vergara Guerrero (Venezuela)

Attendance: 68,000
Referee: Roque Cerullo (Uruguay)

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Paraguay 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 6
 Uruguay 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
 Ecuador 4 1 0 3 4 7 -3 2


Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Abel Gnecco (Argentina)

Uruguay 2-1 Ecuador
Bica Goal 4
Victorino Goal 57 (pen)
Maneiro Red card 78
Report Klinger Goal 77
Granda Red card 57
Ron Red card 81
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Oscar Scolfaro (Brazil)

Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Sergio Vásquez (Chile)

Uruguay 2-2 Paraguay
Milar Goal 54 (pen.)
Paz Goal 83
Report Morel Goal 3488
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Edison Pérez (Peru)

Semifinals

Peru 1-2 Chile
Mosquera Goal 71 Caszely Goal 3676
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Arppi Filho (Brazil)
Chile 0-0 Peru
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Cardellino (Uruguay)

Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Barretto (Uruguay)
Brazil 2-2 Paraguay
Falcão Goal 29
Sócrates Goal 61 (pen.)
Report M. Morel Goal 31
Romero Goal 68
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Espósito (Argentina)

Finals

First leg

Paraguay 3-0 Chile
Romero Goal 1285
M. Morel Goal 36
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Luis Gregorio da Rosa (Uruguay)

Second leg

Chile 1-0 Paraguay
Rivas Goal 10
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Barreto (Uruguay)

Play-off

Notes
  1. ^ As both teams finished tied on points, Paraguay won the playoff on aggregate goals (3-1)

Result

 1979 Copa América Champions 

Paraguay
Second title

Goal scorers

With four goals, Jorge Peredo and Eugenio Morel are the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 63 goals were scored by 41 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

References

  1. ^ "Especial Copa America: Los Mejores Jugadores edición por edición" (in Spanish). Goal.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 567. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.

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