2007 UNCAF Nations Cup

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2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host country El Salvador
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) Estadio Cuscatlán (in San Salvador host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Costa Rica (6th title)
Runners-up  Panama
Third place  Guatemala
Fourth place  El Salvador
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
Goals scored 39 (2.79 per match)
2005
2009

The 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup was the ninth version of the biennial football tournament for the CONCACAF national teams of Central America. The event took place in San Salvador, El Salvador from February 8 to February 18, 2007. It was the second time El Salvador hosted the competition. The tournament also served as a qualifying process for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Costa Rica won the tournament on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw with Panama in the final. It was Costa Rica's sixth title out of nine tournaments played. Panama reached the UNCAF final for the first time but also lost on penalty kicks in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2005.

Participating nations[edit]

For El Salvador 2007, UNCAF considered for the first time since the tournament's founding in 1991 to invite national teams from outside of Central America to participate. The organization was in negotiations with Mexico and Venezuela to participate.[1] In the end, this did not happen, and the tournament (officially listed as the UNCAF Copa de Naciones Digicel) proceeded with only the seven UNCAF members.

Participating teams include the seven UNCAF members:

Squads[edit]

For a complete list of all participating squads, see UNCAF Nations Cup 2007 squads.

First round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 El Salvador 7 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2
 Guatemala 7 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2
 Nicaragua 3 3 1 0 2 5 5 0
 Belize 0 3 0 0 3 3 7 -4
8 February 2007
Guatemala  1 - 0  Nicaragua
Carlos Quiñónez 29'
 
 
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Jose Pineda (Honduras)
8 February 2007
El Salvador  2 - 1  Belize
Juan Díaz 25'
Eliseo Quintanilla 55'
Deris Benavides 64'
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)

10 February 2007
Belize  0 - 1  Guatemala
 
 
Gustavo Cabrera 8'
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Rolando Vidal (Panama)
10 February 2007
El Salvador  2 - 1  Nicaragua
Eliseo Quintanilla 16', 65'
 
Samuel Wilson 53'
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Germán Arredondo (Mexico)

12 February 2007
Nicaragua  4 - 2  Belize
Emilio Palacios 12', 20', 68'
Milton Busto 28'
Deon McCauley 25', 34'
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)
12 February 2007
El Salvador  0 - 0  Guatemala
 
 
 
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)


Group 2[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Panama 4 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
 Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 Honduras 1 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2
9 February 2007
Costa Rica  3 - 1  Honduras
Rolando Fonseca 4', 70'
Leonardo González 46'
Emil Martínez 58'
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)

11 February 2007
Honduras  1 - 1  Panama
Ubaldo Guardia 26' (OG)
 
Carlos Rivera 80'
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

13 February 2007
Panama  1 - 0  Costa Rica
Alberto Blanco 87'
 
 
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)

Fifth place[edit]

15 February 2007
Nicaragua  1 - 9  Honduras
Samuel Wilson 31'
 
Jairo Martinez 3'
Wilmer Velasquez 6', 27', 37', 39'(pen)
Saul Martinez 68', 80', 84'
Carlos Mejía 78'
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Attendance: n/a
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

Honduras qualifies for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Semifinals[edit]

16 February 2007
Panama  2 - 0  Guatemala
Ricardo Phillips 50'

Felipe Baloy (pen) 90+2' 
 

 
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: German Arredondo (Mexico)
16 February 2007
El Salvador  0 - 2  Costa Rica
 
 
Harold Wallace 11'
Rolando Fonseca 13'
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)

All semifinalists qualify for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Third place[edit]

18 February 2007
Guatemala   1 - 0   El Salvador
Claudio Albizuris 82' 
 
 
 
Estadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador, El Salvador
Referee: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)

Final[edit]

Awards[edit]

 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup Winner 

Costa Rica
Sixth title

Scorers[edit]