1981 CONCACAF Championship

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1981 CONCACAF Championship
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Host country Honduras
Dates 1 November – 22 November
Teams 6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Honduras (1st title)
Runners-up  El Salvador
Third place  Mexico
Fourth place  Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 28 (1.87 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mexico Hugo Sánchez (3 goals)
1977
1985

The 1981 CONCACAF Championship, the eighth edition of the CONCACAF Championship, was held in Honduras from 1 November to 22 November. All games were played in the Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa. This tournament was won by the host, Honduras, who earned their first title and secured for the first time a place in the FIFA World Cup, as the tournament also served as qualification to Spain 1982. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone was allocated two places (out of 24) in the final tournament. This edition was marked by an upset as Mexico, traditional CONCACAF heavyweights and needing a win to go through, were eliminated by Honduras. The 0–0 tie between Mexico and Honduras qualified El Salvador to participate in the World Cup as the CONCACAF runners-up. El Salvador also became the first Central American team to qualify for more than one World Cup. This would be the last tournament which would feature a host nation for the final round.

Venues[edit]

Tegucigalpa
Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Capacity: 35,000
Estadio Carías.jpg

Qualification[edit]

Final round[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Honduras 8 5 3 2 0 8 1 +7
2  El Salvador 6 5 2 2 1 2 1 +1
3  Mexico 5 5 1 3 1 6 3 +3
4  Canada 5 5 1 3 1 6 6 0
5  Cuba 4 5 1 2 2 4 8 −4
6  Haiti 2 5 0 2 3 2 9 −7

Honduras and El Salvador qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico 4–0 Cuba
Castro Goal 18'
H. Sánchez Goal 43'50'
Manzo Goal 53'

Canada 1–0 El Salvador
Stojanovic Goal 90'

Honduras 4–0 Haiti
Buezo Goal 35'
Urquia Goal 40'
Laing Goal 64'
Figueroa Goal 75'

Haiti 1–1 Canada
Romulas Goal 34' Stojanovic Goal 50'

Mexico 0–1 El Salvador
Hernandez Goal 81'

Honduras 2–0 Cuba
Buezo Goal 36'
Costly Goal 69'

El Salvador 0–0 Cuba

Mexico 1–1 Haiti
H. Sánchez Goal 87' Cadet Goal 47'

Honduras 2–1 Canada
Caballero Goal 12'
Figueroa Goal 40'
Bridge Goal 19'

Haiti 0–2 Cuba
Mathieu Goal 55' (o.g.)
Núñez Goal 90'

Mexico 1–1 Canada
Castro Goal 29' Bridge Goal 57'

Honduras 0–0 El Salvador

Haiti 0–1 El Salvador
Huezo Goal

Cuba 2–2 Canada
Núñez Goal 2'
Rodríguez Goal 74'
McLeod Goal 48'
Iarusci Goal 84'

Honduras 0–0 Mexico
1981 CONCACAF Championship Winners
Honduras
Honduras
First Title

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

External links[edit]