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

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

ParticipantsEdit

DetailsEdit

  • 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 stageEdit

Group AEdit

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

Group BEdit

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

Group CEdit

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

Group DEdit

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

Group EEdit

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

Ranking of second placed teamsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A   San Lorenzo 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 Advance to knockout stage
2 C   Olimpia 6 3 1 2 13 12 +1 10
3 D   Boca Juniors 6 3 0 3 11 7 +4 9
4 E   Vasco da Gama 6 2 3 1 4 3 +1 9
5 B   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-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Palmeiras  3 – 1  Boca Juniors
Almir   27'
Arílson   48'
Magrão   89'
Rey   51' (p)

River Plate 1 – 2  Cruzeiro
Gallardo   78' (p) Marcelo   32'
Fábio Júnior   71'

Vélez Sársfield  3 – 4  Olimpia
Husaín   19'
Pandolfi   70'
Bassedas   74'
Caballero   27'
González   55'
Santa Cruz   65'
Paredes   89'

San Lorenzo  0 – 0  Racing

Second legEdit

Boca Juniors  1 – 1  Palmeiras
Palermo   58' Alex   80'

Palmeiras won 4–2 on aggregate.


Cruzeiro  2 – 0  River Plate
Fábio Júnior   36'
Gilberto   83'

Cruzeiro won 4–1 on aggregate.


Olimpia 2 – 1  Vélez Sársfield
Santa Cruz   24'   40' Camps   65'

Olimpia won 6–4 on aggregate.


Racing 1 – 1  San Lorenzo
Delgado   71' (p) Acosta   75'

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

Semi-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Palmeiras 2 – 0  Olimpia
Alex   45'   49'

Cruzeiro  1 – 0  San Lorenzo
Alex Alves   19'

Second legEdit

Olimpia 0 – 1  Palmeiras
Oséas   19'

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


San Lorenzo 1 – 1  Cruzeiro
Basavilbazo   38' Djair   63'

Cruzeiro won 2-1 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

First legEdit

Cruzeiro  2 – 1  Palmeiras
Marcelo   21'
Fábio Júnior   90' (p)
Roque Júnior   44'
Attendance: 40,000

Second legEdit

Palmeiras  3 – 1  Cruzeiro
Cléber   7'
Oséas   54'
Paulo Nunes   (89)
Fábio Júnior   2' (p)

Play OffEdit

Copa Mercosur
1998 Winner
 
Palmeiras
First Title

ReferencesEdit