• Thursday Sep 22, 2005

    Deportivo Saprissa begin defence of title with victory

    The holders of the 2005 CONCACAF Champion's Cup, Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica, began the defence of their title with a 4-0 victory over visiting C.D. Marathón of Honduras in their Central American qualifying game on 20 September.

    Goals from Andres Nuñez, after just seven minutes, and Ronald Gomez just before half time gave the 2005 champions a 2-0 half time lead. The score remained unchanged until Randall Azofeifa struck in the 83rd minute for a 3-0 score line and Ronald Gomez scored his second, his team's fourth, on 87 minutes.

    Saprissa now travel to Honduras to play the second leg of their Central American Qualifying Quarterfinal game against Marathón on 28 September.

    The two finalists of the Central American tournament along with the winner of a third-place play-off, will qualify for the final eight of the 2006 CONCACAF Champion's Cup where they will by joined by two teams each from Mexico and USA and one team from the Caribbean.

    The winner of the 2006 CONCACAF Champion's Cup will represent CONCACAF in the FIFA Club World Championships in December 2006. The 2005 edition of the FIFA event takes place in Japan in December 2005 and Deportivo Saprissa, as the current champion of CONCACAF, will be participating along with the champion teams from FIFA's other five continental confederations.

    Quarterfinals - Home Teams Listed First
    First-Legs
    20.09.2005: Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) - CD Marathón (HON) 4:0 (2:0)
    21.09.2005: Deportivo Suchitepequez (GUA) - CD Olímpia (HON)
    21.09.2005: Municipal Pérez Zeledón (CRC) - Luis Angel Firpo (SLV)
    22.09.2005: LD Alajuelense (CRC) - CSD Municipal (GUA)

    Second-Legs
    27.09.2005: Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) - Municipal Pérez Zeledón (CRC)
    28.09.2005: CD Marathón (HON) - Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
    28.09.2005: CSD Municipal (GUA) - LD Alajuelense (CRC)
    29.09.2005: CD Olímpia (HON) - Deportivo Suchitepequez (GUA)

    Semifinals
    First-Legs
    18 & 19 October

    Second-Legs
    25 & 26 October

    Third Place Playoff
    First-Leg
    22 November

    Second-Leg
    29 November

    Final
    First-Leg
    23 November

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