Hungary 10–1 El Salvador (1982)

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1982 FIFA World Cup
Group 3
Date 15 June 1982
Venue Nuevo Estadio, Elche
Referee Ebrahim Al Doy (Bahrain)
Attendance 23,000

Hungary vs El Salvador was the second game to be played in Group 3 of the first group stage at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The game was played at Nuevo Estadio in Elche, Spain, on 15 June. Hungary won the match 10–1, recording the biggest scoreline in FIFA World Cup finals history.


Hungary was one of the best football teams in Europe, and had played in the final of both the 1938 and 1954 World Cups. El Salvador, on the other hand, was the weakest team in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

The draw for the group stage of the 1982 World Cup paired Hungary and El Salvador with Argentina and Belgium in Group 3. Before the game, holders Argentina had lost 1–0 to Belgium in the opening game of the tournament, the first surprise in 1982 FIFA World Cup.[citation needed]



15 June 1982
21:00 CEST
Hungary  10–1  El Salvador
Nyilasi Goal 4'83'
Pölöskei Goal 11'
Fazekas Goal 23'54'
Tóth Goal 50'
L. Kiss Goal 69'72'76'
Szentes Goal 72'
Report Ramírez Goal 64'
Nuevo Estadio, Elche
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Ebrahim Al Doy (Bahrain)
GK 1 Ferenc Mészáros
DF 2 Győző Martos
DF 3 László Bálint
DF 4 József Tóth
MF 5 Sándor Müller Substituted off 69'
DF 6 Imre Garaba
FW 7 László Fazekas Booked 32'
MF 8 Tibor Nyilasi Booked 1'
FW 9 András Törőcsik Substituted off 55'
FW 11 Gábor Pölöskei
DF 14 Sándor Sallai
FW 10 László Kiss Substituted in 55'
MF 12 Lázár Szentes Substituted in 69'
Hungary Kálmán Mészöly
GK 1 Luis Guevara Mora
DF 2 Mario Castillo
DF 3 José Francisco Jovel
DF 4 Carlos Recinos
MF 6 Joaquín Ventura Substituted off 79'
MF 8 José Luis Rugamas Substituted off 27'
FW 9 Ever Hernández
MF 10 Norberto Huezo
FW 11 Mágico González
FW 13 José María Rivas
DF 15 Jaime Rodríguez
DF 5 Ramón Fagoaga Substituted in 79'
FW 14 Luis Ramírez Zapata Substituted in 27'
El Salvador Mauricio Alonso Rodríguez

Assistant referees:
Charles Corver (Netherlands)
Henning Lund-Sorensen (Denmark)