SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – A pair of Concacaf giants collide on Thursday night in the first leg of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League semifinals, as Olimpia of Honduras host Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
A three-time winner of the Concacaf Champions Cup, Deportivo Saprissa arrive into the encounter with plenty of confidence after a 4-2 aggregate win over Independiente of Panama in the quarterfinals.
Leading the way is FW Johan Venegas, who tops the competition in scoring with six goals, including four in the previous round.
But there is plenty of pedigree on the other side as well. Olimpia have two Concacaf Champions Cups residing in their trophy cabinet and were also the champions of the inaugural SCL in 2017.
The Catrachos used a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the first leg to defeat Comunicaciones of Guatemala 2-0 on aggregate in the quarterfinals and will look to make a return to the final.
Thursday’s clash marks the 12th all-time meeting between the two clubs and the second in San Pedro Sula. Saprissa have five wins, while Olimpia have four, plus two draws.
Their previous meeting came in the 2011 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals in a 3-1 aggregate victory for Saprissa.
All-Time Series CD Olimpia vs. Deportivo Saprissa
* Concacaf Champions Cup, UNCAF Interclubes Tournament, Concacaf Scotiabank
* It will be the second time they meet in San Pedro Sula.
CD Olimpia and Deportivo Saprissa have officially met 11 times during the mentioned tournaments, with five wins for Saprissa, 4 for Olimpia, and two draws.
The last time was in the quarterfinals of the SCCL 2011, where Deportivo Saprissa won the global series (3-1) and advanced to the semifinals where he later fell to Real Salt Lake.
Top scorers of the series:
Walter Centeno (3) and Armando Alonso (2) of SAP, Danilo Tosello (2) OLI.
06/26/87, Concacaf Champions Cup, San Jose. Saprissa 1, Olimpia 4. (third round at Estadio La Sabana, San José. Hernán Medford 19´ (SAP) Juan Flores 31´, José Mario Figueroa 46´, Juan Cruz Murillo (pk) 51´, Dolmo Flores 71´
05/07/96, Concacaf Champions Cup, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. Saprissa 4, Olimpia 0.
David Johnson 8´, Daniel Quezada 19´, Michael Myers 79´, Javier Wanchope 85´
05/12/96, Concacaf Champions Cup, Estadio Nacional, Tegucigalpa. Olimpia 3, Saprissa 0.
Wilmer Peralta 30´, Eduardo Arriola 35´, Adonis Hilario 90 + 2
08/29/99, UNCAF Interclub Cup, Estadio Morazán, San Pedro Sula. Olimpia 1, Saprissa 0.
Wilmer Velásquez 59´
06/08/00, UNCAF Interclub Cup, Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala. Saprissa 4, Olimpia 1.
Jervis Drumond 22´, Víctor Cordero 29´, Randal Row (pk) 62´, Walter Centeno 82´ (SAP), Danilo Tosello (pk) 10 (OLI)
09/14/01, UNCAF Interclub Cup, Estadio Nacional San José, Costa Rica. Saprissa 3, Olimpia 1. (Final phase in CRC) Walter Centeno x2 52´, 56´, Jeaustin Campos 81 (SAP) Danilo Tosello 61´ (OLI)
12/01/04, UNCAF Interclub Cup, Estadio Cementos Progreso, Guatemala, Final Phase
Saprissa 0, Olimpia 0.
10/10/05, UNCAF Interclubes Cup Semifinals, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. Saprissa 1 (German Allán 75´, Olimpia 3 (Everaldo Ferreira 27´, Maynor Figueroa 30´, Luciano Emilio (pk) 87´
10/29/05, UNCAF Interclubes Cup Semifinals, Estadio Nacional, Tegucigalpa. Olimpia 1 Everaldo Ferreira 60´, Saprissa 1 Ronald Gómez 5´
02/24/11, 4th of final the Concacaf Champions League, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. Saprissa 1 Armando Alonso 23´, Olimpia 0.
03/03/11, 4th final of the Champions League, Concacaf, Estadio Olímpico, San Pedro Sula. Olimpia 1 (Roger Rojas 53´, Saprissa 2 Armando Alonso 26´, Luis Cordero 63´