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Number Crunching The Copa Libertadores Group Stage


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The Copa Libertadores group stage reached its conclusion at the back end of last week. With the round of 16 ties commencing on Wednesday, now seems an ideal time to take a look at the goal related numbers from the group stage.

Goals Per Team/Country

– A total of 256 goals were scored during the group stage of this year’s Copa Libertadores
– Atletico Mineiro and Olimpia were the top scorers with 16 goals apiece, followed by Newell’s Old Boys on 11 and a gaggle of seven teams on 10
– Libertad and Huachipato were the top scoring sides (10 goals apiece) of those who failed to qualify for the last 16
– Millonarios were the lowest scoring side, managing just two; Cerro Porteno were the second lowest, with three
– Fluminense and Palmeiras were the joint lowest scoring sides to qualify for the last 16, winning their respective groups despite each scoring just five times
– Deportivo Lara conceded the most goals of any team in the group stage, letting in 16. Arsenal conceded the second most, on 15, followed by Iquique (13) and Caracas (12)
– Argentine sides Tigre and Newell’s Old Boys conceded the most goals (10 apiece) of the teams who made it through to the last 16
– reigning champions Corinthians conceded the fewest goals of any side in the group stages, letting in just two. Velez Sarsfield had the second stingiest defence with three conceded, followed by Emelec, Tijuana and Santa Fe, who each conceded four times
– grouping together teams from the same country, those from Paraguay averaged the high number of goals, at 1.61 per match. Those from Argentina were second, with 1.57 per match, followed by Brazilian teams, with 1.50 per match
– the two Ecuadorian teams averaged the lowest number of goals per match at 0.83. Those from Colombia averaged the second lowest, at 1.00 per match, followed by Bolivian teams, at 1.08 per match
– the two Ecuadorian teams also averaged the lowest number of goals conceded, at 0.83 per match. Second were Colombian teams, at 0.94 per match, then those from Brazil, at 0.97 per match
– teams from Venezuela conceded the highest number of goals, at an average of 2.33 per match, followed by those from Bolivia, at 1.75 per match, and Chile, at 1.67 per match
– matches involving Venezuelan teams average more goals than those involving teams from any other nation, at an average of 3.50 per match. Those involving Paraguayan teams included the second highest number of goals, at 3.11 per match, followed by those involving Argentine teams, at 3.07 per match
– matches involving Ecuadorian teams averaged the lowest number of goals, at 1.67 per match, followed by those including Colombian teams, at 1.94 per match, and those involving Brazilian teams, at 2.47 per match
– seven (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) of the 11 nations finished the group stage with overall positive goal difference. Ecuadorian teams had a goal difference of 0, while those from Bolivia, Chile and Venezuela finished in the negative

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All data collected by the author.