1998 in Paraguayan football

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The following article presents a summary of the 1998 football (soccer) season in Paraguay.

First division results[edit]

Torneo Apertura[edit]

The Apertura tournament was played in a single all-play-all system. At the end, the top eight teams qualified to a playoff stage to determine the Apertura champion.

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Cerro Porteño 11 8 1 2 24 10 25
2 Sportivo Luqueño 11 6 3 2 17 16 21
3 Olimpia 11 6 2 3 15 7 20
4 Presidente Hayes 11 4 4 3 11 10 16
5 Guaraní 11 4 3 4 11 13 15
6 12 de Octubre 11 4 2 5 14 15 14
7 Sol de América 11 3 4 4 12 15 13
8 Cerro Corá 11 3 3 5 15 18 12
9 Atl. Colegiales 11 3 3 5 10 14 12
10 San Lorenzo 11 3 3 5 12 17 12
11 Nacional 11 2 4 5 18 20 10
12 Libertad 11 2 4 5 8 12 10

Apertura playoff stage[edit]

The top eight teams qualified to this stage and were given bonus points based on their final standing in the table. Two groups of four teams were made, with the top two of each group advancing to a playoff stage.

Group stage[edit]

Group A

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Olimpia 3 2 0 1 7 2 [2] 8
2 Sol de América 3 2 0 1 6 5 [0] 6
3 Guaraní 3 1 1 1 5 6 [1] 5
4 Sportivo Luqueño 3 0 1 2 3 8 [2.5] 3.5

Group B

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Cerro Porteño 3 3 0 0 10 2 [3] 12
2 12 de Octubre 3 1 1 1 4 6 [0.5] 4.5
3 Cerro Corá 3 1 1 1 3 4 [0] 4
4 Presidente Hayes 3 0 0 3 2 7 [1.5] 1.5
Semifinals[edit]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Olimpia 4 - 2 12 de Octubre 3-1 1-1
Sol de América 1 - 1
(7 - 6 P.K.)
Cerro Porteño 1-0 0-1
Apertura final[edit]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Olimpia 3 - 1 Sol de América 2-0 1-1

Olimpia wins the Apertura tournament final by aggregate score of 3-1.

Torneo Clausura[edit]

The Clausura tournament was played in a single all-play-all system. At the end, the top eight teams qualified to a playoff stage to determine the Clausura champion.

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Cerro Porteño 11 8 2 1 28 9 26
2 Guaraní 11 6 3 2 20 15 21
3 Cerro Corá 11 5 3 3 18 16 18
4 Atl. Colegiales 11 5 1 5 14 15 16
5 12 de Octubre 11 4 3 4 18 20 15
6 Sol de América 11 2 7 2 12 10 13
7 * Nacional 11 2 7 2 17 23 13
8 Olimpia 11 3 3 5 13 12 12
9 San Lorenzo 11 2 5 4 13 16 11
10 Sportivo Luqueño 11 2 5 4 8 13 11
11 Libertad 11 1 6 4 12 18 9
12 Presidente Hayes 11 1 5 5 12 18 8

* Nacional finished in the top eight but their average points over three years forced the team to be relegated so they did not take part of the playoff stage. San Lorenzo took their place instead.

Clausura playoff stage[edit]

The top eight teams qualified to this stage and were given bonus points based on their final standing in the table. Two groups of four teams were made, with the top two of each group advancing to a playoff stage. San Lorenzo replaced Nacional in the playoff stage due to Nacional being relegated to the second division.

Group stage[edit]

Group A

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Cerro Porteño 3 3 0 0 7 3 [3] 12
2 Atlético Colegiales 3 1 1 1 4 3 [1.5] 5.5
3 San Lorenzo 3 1 0 2 6 7 [0] 3
4 Sol de América 3 0 1 2 3 7 [1.5] 0.5

Group B

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Olimpia 3 2 1 0 7 4 [0] 7
2 Cerro Corá 3 1 2 0 6 5 [2] 7
3 Guaraní 3 1 1 1 4 4 [2.5] 6.5
4 12 de Octubre 3 0 0 3 2 6 [1] 1
Semifinals[edit]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerro Corá 1 - 3 Cerro Porteño 1-0 0-3
Olimpia 6 - 1 Atlético Colegiales 5-0 1-1
Clausura final[edit]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerro Porteño 4 - 4
(4 - 3 P.K.)
Olimpia 1-4 3-0

Cerro P. wins the Clausura tournament final on penalty shootout 4-3.

National championship game[edit]

The national championship game was played between the Apertura and Clausura tournaments winners.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerro Porteño 3 - 5 Olimpia 2-2 1-3

Olimpia declared as national champions by aggregate score of 5-3.

Relegation / Promotion[edit]

  • Nacional and Libertad automatically relegated to the second division after finishing last and second-to-last in the average points table based over a three-year period.
  • Resistencia promoted to the first division by winning the second division tournament.

Qualification to international competitions[edit]

Lower divisions results[edit]

Level Tournament Champion
2nd Intermedia Resistencia
3rd (G.A. teams) Primera de Ascenso Oriental
3rd (interior teams) UFI Champions Cup Sportivo Obrero (San Juan Misiones)
4th (G.A. teams) Segunda de Ascenso Sport Colonial

Paraguayan teams in international competitions[edit]

Paraguay national team[edit]

The following table lists all the games played by the Paraguay national football team in official competitions during 1998.

Date Venue Opponents Score Comp Paraguay scorers Report
1998-02-08 Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
 Poland 4 - 0 F Benítez Goal 25'
Arce Goal 27'
Ayala Goal 55'
Ferreira Goal 67'
450
1998-03-14 Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, United States
 United States 2 - 2 F Caniza Goal 15'
Arce Goal 27' (pk)
451
1998-03-18 Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Mexico City, Mexico
 Mexico 1 - 1 F Benítez Goal 62' 452
1998-03-28 Yale Bowl
New Haven, United States
 Colombia 1 - 1 F Benítez Goal 43' 453
1998-04-22 Stadio Ennio Tardini
Parma, Italy
 Italy 3 - 1 F Sarabia Goal 57' 454
1998-05-17 Olympic Stadium
Tokyo, Japan
 Japan 1 - 1 Kirin Cup Ayala Goal 7' 455
1998-05-21 Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
Kobe, Japan
 Czech Republic 1 - 0 Kirin Cup 456
1998-06-01 Philips Stadion
Eindhoven, Netherlands
 Netherlands 5 - 1 F Campos Goal 2' 457
1998-06-03 Steaua Stadium
Bucharest, Romania
 Romania 3 - 2 F Cardozo Goal 27'
Acuña Goal 62'
458
1998-06-06 King Baudouin Stadium
Brussels, Belgium
 Belgium 1 - 0 F 459
1998-06-12 Stade de la Mosson
Montpellier, France
 Bulgaria 0 - 0 World Cup - Report
1998-06-19 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Saint-Étienne, France
 Spain 0 - 0 World Cup - Report
1998-06-24 Stade de Toulouse
Toulouse, France
 Nigeria 1 - 3 World Cup Ayala Goal 1'
Benítez Goal 58'
Cardozo Goal 86'
Report
1998-06-28 Stade Félix Bollaert
Lens, France
 France 0 - 0 ( 1 - 0 A.E.T.) World Cup - Report

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