2015 Copa Libertadores Finals

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2015 Copa Libertadores de América Finals
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Event 2015 Copa Libertadores de América
on aggregate
First leg
Date July 29, 2015
Venue Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza
Referee Antonio Arias (Paraguay)
Second leg
Date August 5, 2015
Venue Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires
Referee Darío Ubriaco (Uruguay)
2014
2016

The 2015 Copa Libertadores de América Finals were the two-legged final that decided the winner of the 2015 Copa Libertadores de América, the 56th edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, South America's premier international club football tournament organized by CONMEBOL.

The finals were contested in two-legged home-and-away format between Mexican team UANL and Argentine team River Plate. The first leg was hosted by UANL at Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza on July 29, 2015, while the second leg was hosted by River Plate at Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires on August 5, 2015.[1]

River Plate earned the right to represent CONMEBOL at the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the semifinal stage, regardless of the result of the final, due to UANL being an invited team from CONCACAF and therefore not eligible to represent CONMEBOL at the tournament. Due to the same reason, River Plate also earned the right to play against the 2015 Copa Sudamericana winners in the 2016 Recopa Sudamericana.[2]

The first leg ended in a scoreless draw.[3] The second leg ended in a 3–0 win for River Plate, and they won the tournament for the third time in their history.[4][5][6][7]

Qualified teams

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
Mexico UANL None
Argentina River Plate 4 (1966, 1976, 1986, 1996)

UANL came into the finals as first-time finalists of the Copa Libertadores. River Plate had previously won two titles in four finals: 1986 and 1996.

Road to the finals

Note: In all scores below, the score of the home team is given first.

Mexico UANL Round Argentina River Plate
Opponent Venue Score Opponent Venue Score
Bye First stage Bye
Group 6 Second stage Group 6
Peru Juan Aurich Home 3–0 Bolivia San José Away 2–0
Argentina River Plate Away 1–1 Mexico UANL Home 1–1
Bolivia San José Away 0–1 Peru Juan Aurich Away 1–1
Bolivia San José Home 4–0 Peru Juan Aurich Home 1–1
Argentina River Plate Home 2–2 Mexico UANL Away 2–2
Peru Juan Aurich Away 4–5 Bolivia San José Home 3–0
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Mexico UANL 6 4 2 0 16 7 +9 14 Advance to final stages
2 Argentina River Plate 6 1 4 1 8 7 +1 7
3 Peru Juan Aurich 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6
4 Bolivia San José 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4
Source: CONMEBOL
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Mexico UANL 6 4 2 0 16 7 +9 14 Advance to final stages
2 Argentina River Plate 6 1 4 1 8 7 +1 7
3 Peru Juan Aurich 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6
4 Bolivia San José 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4
Source: CONMEBOL
Seed 2 Final stages Seed 16
Bolivia Universitario
(won 3–2 on aggregate)
Away 1–2 Round of 16 Argentina Boca Juniors
(won 1–0 on aggregate – Boca Juniors disqualified)
Home 1–0
Home 1–1 Away 0–0 (susp.)
Ecuador Emelec
(won 2–1 on aggregate)
Away 1–0 Quarterfinals Brazil Cruzeiro
(won 3–1 on aggregate)
Home 0–1
Home 2–0 Away 0–3
Brazil Internacional
(won 4–3 on aggregate)
Away 2–1 Semifinals Paraguay Guaraní
(won 3–1 on aggregate)
Home 2–0
Home 3–1 Away 1–1

Format

The finals were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If tied on aggregate, the away goals rule would not be used, and 30 minutes of extra time would be played. If still tied after extra time, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner.[2]

Since UANL are from Mexico, they had to 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]

Match details

First leg

Near the end of the first half, Tigres defender Hugo Ayala left the game with an ankle injury. River Plate right-back Gabriel Mercado was booked soon after for a stamp on André-Pierre Gignac, leading him to miss the second leg.[8] At the break, River manager Marcelo Gallardo made an attacking double substitution, withdrawing Rodrigo Mora and Tabaré Viúdez for Gonzalo Martínez and Nicolás Bertolo, but was also suspended after shouting at the fourth official. Despite Tigres having most of the possession and late opportunities from Juninho and Jürgen Damm, the game ended goalless.[9][10]

UANL
River Plate
GK 1 Argentina Nahuel Guzmán
RB 2 Mexico Israel Jiménez
CB 4 Mexico Hugo Ayala Substituted off 41'
CB 3 Brazil Juninho (c)
LB 6 Mexico Jorge Torres Nilo
RM 27 Mexico Jürgen Damm Booked 54'
CM 19 Argentina Guido Pizarro
CM 5 Uruguay Egidio Arévalo Ríos Substituted off 70'
LM 11 Mexico Damián Álvarez
CF 9 Brazil Rafael Sóbis Booked 32'
CF 10 France André-Pierre Gignac
Substitutes:
GK 22 Mexico Enrique Palos
DF 14 Mexico Iván Estrada
DF 24 Mexico José Rivas Substituted in 41'
MF 18 United States José Francisco Torres
MF 23 Mexico Gerardo Lugo
MF 29 Mexico Jesús Dueñas Substituted in 70'
FW 16 Mexico Enrique Esqueda
Manager:
Brazil Ricardo Ferretti
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GK 1 Argentina Marcelo Barovero (c)
RB 25 Argentina Gabriel Mercado Booked 42'
CB 2 Argentina Jonathan Maidana
CB 6 Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori
LB 21 Argentina Leonel Vangioni Booked 4'
RM 8 Uruguay Carlos Sánchez
CM 23 Argentina Leonardo Ponzio Booked 64'  Substituted off 76'
CM 5 Argentina Matías Kranevitter
LM 19 Uruguay Tabaré Viúdez Substituted off 46'
CF 7 Uruguay Rodrigo Mora Substituted off 46'
CF 13 Argentina Lucas Alario
Substitutes:
GK 26 Argentina Julio Chiarini
DF 3 Colombia Éder Álvarez Balanta
MF 10 Argentina Gonzalo Martínez Substituted in 46'
MF 16 Argentina Nicolás Bertolo Substituted in 46'
MF 27 Argentina Lucho González Substituted in 76'
FW 9 Argentina Fernando Cavenaghi
FW 29 Argentina Javier Saviola
Manager:
Argentina Marcelo Gallardo Red card 72'
Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico, hosted the first leg.

Assistant referees:[11]
Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)
Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Julio Quintana (Paraguay)

Second leg

River opened the scoring at the end of the first half when recent signing Lucas Alario headed Leonel Vangioni's low cross from the left into the goal. When Carlos Sánchez went down in the penalty area, he scored the resulting spot kick, shooting to the left of the goalkeeper to double the team's lead. Four minutes later, a corner kick from the right was headed by Ramiro Funes Mori through the legs of the goalkeeper to secure a 3–0 victory, River's first Copa Libertadores for 19 years.[12][13] The match was played under a heavy rainfall.

River Plate
UANL
GK 1 Argentina Marcelo Barovero
RB 18 Uruguay Camilo Mayada
CB 2 Argentina Jonathan Maidana
CB 6 Argentina Ramiro Funes Mori Booked 47'
LB 21 Argentina Leonel Vangioni
RM 8 Uruguay Carlos Sánchez Booked 76'
CM 23 Argentina Leonardo Ponzio
CM 5 Argentina Matías Kranevitter Substituted off 82'
LM 16 Argentina Nicolás Bertolo
CF 13 Argentina Lucas Alario Booked 9'  Substituted off 69'
CF 9 Argentina Fernando Cavenaghi (c Booked 56'  Substituted off 77'
Substitutes:
GK 26 Argentina Julio Chiarini
DF 3 Colombia Éder Álvarez Balanta
MF 10 Argentina Gonzalo Martínez
MF 15 Argentina Leonardo Pisculichi Substituted in 77'
MF 27 Argentina Lucho González Substituted in 82'
FW 22 Argentina Sebastián Driussi Substituted in 69'
FW 29 Argentina Javier Saviola
Manager:
Argentina Matías Biscay[14]
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GK 1 Argentina Nahuel Guzmán
RB 2 Mexico Israel Jiménez Booked 17'  Substituted off 77'
CB 24 Mexico José Rivas Booked 25'
CB 3 Brazil Juninho (c) Booked 19'
LB 6 Mexico Jorge Torres Nilo Booked 72'
RM 27 Mexico Jürgen Damm
CM 19 Argentina Guido Pizarro
CM 5 Uruguay Egidio Arévalo Ríos Substituted off 64'
LM 20 Mexico Javier Aquino
CF 10 France André-Pierre Gignac Booked 22'
CF 9 Brazil Rafael Sóbis
Substitutes:
GK 22 Mexico Enrique Palos
DF 25 Mexico Antonio Briseño
MF 11 Mexico Damián Álvarez
MF 15 Mexico Manuel Viniegra
MF 18 United States José Francisco Torres
MF 29 Mexico Jesús Dueñas Substituted in 64'
FW 8 Ecuador Joffre Guerrón Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Brazil Ricardo Ferretti
Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires, Argentina, hosted the second leg.

Assistant referees:[11]
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Nicolas Taran (Uruguay)
Fourth official:
Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)

See also

References

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