1998 Copa Mercosur

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Copa Mercosur 1998
Tournament details
Dates29 July – 29 December 1998
Teams20 (from 5 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil Palmeiras (1st title)
Runners-upBrazil Cruzeiro
Tournament statistics
Matches played75
Goals scored218 (2.91 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Alex
Brazil Fábio Júnior
(6 goals each)
1999

The Copa Mercosur 1998 was the 1st staging of the international club cup.

The competition started on 29 July 1998 and concluded on 29 December 1998 with Palmeiras beating Cruzeiro in the final.

Participants[edit]

Details[edit]

  • The 20 teams were divided into 5 groups of 4 teams. Each team plays the other teams in the group twice. The top team from each group qualified for the quarter-finals along with the best 3 runners up.
  • From the quarter finals to the final, two legs were played in each round. In the result of a draw, the match was decided by a penalty shoot out.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Brazil Cruzeiro 10 6 3 1 2 15 7 +8
Argentina San Lorenzo 10 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3
Brazil São Paulo 7 6 2 1 3 8 12 -4
Chile Colo Colo 7 6 2 1 3 5 12 -7

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Brazil Palmeiras 18 6 6 0 0 16 3 +13
Uruguay Nacional 9 6 3 0 3 10 14 -4
Argentina Independiente 6 6 2 0 4 12 15 -3
Chile Universidad de Chile 3 6 1 0 5 7 13 -6

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Argentina Racing 14 6 4 2 0 9 4 +5
Paraguay Olimpia 10 6 3 1 2 13 12 +1
Brazil Corinthians 5 6 1 2 3 7 8 -1
Uruguay Peñarol 3 6 0 3 3 6 11 -5

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Argentina Vélez Sársfield 11 6 3 2 1 7 6 +1
Argentina Boca Juniors 9 6 3 0 3 11 7 +4
Brazil Flamengo 9 6 3 0 3 7 8 -1
Paraguay Cerro Porteño 5 6 1 2 3 9 13 -4

Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Argentina River Plate 9 6 2 3 1 8 7 +1
Brazil Vasco da Gama 9 6 2 3 1 4 3 +1
Brazil Grêmio 7 6 2 1 3 10 9 +1
Chile Universidad Católica 6 6 1 3 2 6 9 -3

Ranking of second placed teams[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Argentina San Lorenzo 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 Advance to knockout stage
2 C Paraguay Olimpia 6 3 1 2 13 12 +1 10
3 D Argentina Boca Juniors 6 3 0 3 11 7 +4 9
4 E Brazil Vasco da Gama 6 2 3 1 4 3 +1 9
5 B Uruguay Nacional 6 3 0 3 10 14 −4 9
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points in all group matches; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) lots drawn by CONMEBOL.

Quarter-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

Palmeiras Brazil3 – 1Argentina Boca Juniors
Almir Goal 27'
Arílson Goal 48'
Magrão Goal 89'
Rey Goal 51' (p)

River PlateArgentina1 – 2Brazil Cruzeiro
Gallardo Goal 78' (p) Marcelo Goal 32'
Fábio Júnior Goal 71'

Vélez Sársfield Argentina3 – 4Paraguay Olimpia
Husaín Goal 19'
Pandolfi Goal 70'
Bassedas Goal 74'
Caballero Goal 27'
González Goal 55'
Santa Cruz Goal 65'
Paredes Goal 89'

San Lorenzo Argentina0 – 0Argentina Racing

Second leg[edit]

Boca Juniors Argentina1 – 1Brazil Palmeiras
Palermo Goal 58' Alex Goal 80'

Palmeiras won 4–2 on aggregate.


Cruzeiro Brazil2 – 0Argentina River Plate
Fábio Júnior Goal 36'
Gilberto Goal 83'

Cruzeiro won 4–1 on aggregate.


OlimpiaParaguay2 – 1Argentina Vélez Sársfield
Santa Cruz Goal 24' Goal 40' Camps Goal 65'

Olimpia won 6–4 on aggregate.


RacingArgentina1 – 1Argentina San Lorenzo
Delgado Goal 71' (p) Acosta Goal 75'

1-1 on aggregate. San Lorenzo won 2-0 on penalties.

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

PalmeirasBrazil2 – 0Paraguay Olimpia
Alex Goal 45' Goal 49'

Cruzeiro Brazil1 – 0Argentina San Lorenzo
Alex Alves Goal 19'

Second leg[edit]

OlimpiaParaguay0 – 1Brazil Palmeiras
Oséas Goal 19'

Match abandoned after 69 minutes due to crowd trouble. Result allowed to stand. Palmeiras won 3–0 on aggregate.


San LorenzoArgentina1 – 1Brazil Cruzeiro
Basavilbazo Goal 38' Djair Goal 63'

Cruzeiro won 2-1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

Cruzeiro Brazil2 – 1Brazil Palmeiras
Marcelo Goal 21'
Fábio Júnior Goal 90' (p)
Roque Júnior Goal 44'
Attendance: 40,000

Second leg[edit]

Palmeiras Brazil3 – 1Brazil Cruzeiro
Cléber Goal 7'
Oséas Goal 54'
Paulo Nunes Goal (89)
Fábio Júnior Goal 2' (p)

Play Off[edit]

Copa Mercosur
1998 Winner
Brazil
Palmeiras
First Title

References[edit]