1998 Torneo Grandes de Centroamérica

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1998 Torneo Grandes de Centroamérica
Tournament details
Dates 29 October 1997 – 23 September 1998
Teams 9 (from 4 associations)
Final positions
Champions Costa Rica Saprissa (4th title)
Runners-up Guatemala Municipal
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 50 (1.79 per match)
1997
1999

The 1998 Torneo Grandes de Centroamérica was the 16th edition of the UNCAF Club Tournament and the third and last under this name. Costa Rican Deportivo Saprissa obtained its 4th regional title.

Teams[edit]

Association Team Qualifying method App. Previous best
Costa Rica Costa Rica Saprissa 1996–97 Runners-up 12th Champions (1972, 1973, 1978)
Herediano 1996–97 Semifinalist 6th 3rd (1971, 1975)
El Salvador El Salvador Águila 1996–97 Regular season winners 10th Runners-up (1973)
Guatemala Guatemala Comunicaciones 1996–97 Champions 15th Champions (1971, 1983)
Aurora 1996–97 Runners-up 10th Champions (1976, 1979)
Municipal 1996–97 Third place 11th Champions (1974, 1977)
Honduras Honduras Olimpia 1996–97 Champions 4th Champions (1981)
Real España Invetee 4th Champions (1982)
Motagua Invetee 3rd Group stage (1979, 1997)

Qualifying[edit]


  • Comunicaciones 0–0 Motagua on aggregate score; Motagua won 4–3 on penalty shootouts.

Group phase[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Municipal 6 4 1 1 8 4 +4 0141 Qualified to Semifinals
2 Olimpia 6 4 0 2 11 7 +4 12
3 Herediano 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 9
4 Águila 6 0 1 5 2 13 −11 1
  • 1 Municipal one (+1) point added.
As of 17 December 1997
Home \ Away[1] ÁGU HER MUN OLI
Águila 0–2 1–1 0–3
Herediano 3–0 0–1 2–1
Municipal 2–0 1–0 1–0
Olimpia 2–1 2–1 3–2

Source: RSSSF
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

  • Águila 2–3 Municipal on penalty shootouts.

Group B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Saprissa 6 2 3 1 6 3 +3 0111 Qualified to Semifinals
2 Real España 5 2 3 0 2 0 +2 0112
3 Aurora 5 0 3 2 2 6 −4 053
4 Motagua 4 0 3 1 2 3 −1 3
  • 1 Saprissa two (+2) points added.
  • 2 Real España two (+2) points added.
  • 3 Aurora two (+2) points added.
As of 11 December 1997
Home \ Away[1] AUR MOT RES SAP
Aurora 1–1 0–0 1–4
Motagua 1–1
Real España 1–0 0–0 1–0
Saprissa 0–0 1–0 0–0

Source: RSSSF
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

  • Saprissa 4–3 Aurora on penalty shootouts.
  • Motagua 3–4 Saprissa on penalty shootouts.
  • Saprissa 3–5 Real España on penalty shootouts.
  • Aurora 4–2 Motagua on penalty shootouts.
  • Saprissa 3–5 Real España on penalty shootouts.
  • Real España 5–4 Motagua on penalty shootouts.
  • Aurora 5–3 Real España on penalty shootouts.
  • Motagua's remaining matches were not played.

Final round[edit]

Semifinals[edit]


  • Municipal won 3–1 on aggregate score.

  • The last suggested dates by Saprissa for the semifinals (19 and 23 August) were not accepted by Olimpia due to league obligations. UNCAF decided to award Saprissa a walkover.

Final[edit]


  • Saprissa won 3–2 on aggregate score.
Torneo Grandes de Centroamérica
1998 Champion
Saprissa
4th title