2013 Copa Centroamericana

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2013 Copa Centroamericana
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Tournament details
Host country Costa Rica
Dates 18–27 January
Teams 7 (from 1 sub-confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Costa Rica (7th title)
Runners-up  Honduras
Third place  El Salvador
Fourth place  Belize
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
Goals scored 22 (1.57 per match)
Attendance 48,683 (3,477 per match)
Top scorer(s) Costa Rica Jairo Arrieta
(2 goals)
Best player Costa Rica Patrick Pemberton
Best goalkeeper Costa Rica Patrick Pemberton

The 2013 Copa Centroamericana was the 12th Copa Centroamericana, the regional championship for men's national association football teams in Central America. It was organized by the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol or UNCAF, and took place in Costa Rica from 18 January to 27 January 2013. The top five teams go on to participate in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The tournament consisted of two stages. In the group stage of the tournament finals, the seven teams competed for points in two round-robin groups, one of four teams and the other of three, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These four teams advanced to the semi-final stage, with the winners advancing to the final, while the losers contested a third-place match. The fifth-place match was played between the third-ranked teams from the group stage.

In the final, Costa Rica defeated defending champions Honduras 1–0, with Giancarlo González's goal in the 38th minute giving Costa Rica their seventh Central American title; they also became the first host nation to win the tournament since Costa Rica did it in 1999. The final between Costa Rica and Honduras, being the fifth time the two teams have contested final together, became the most frequent match-up at that stage. Belize made history in this tournament by managing to advance to the semifinals and qualifying to compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time.

Participating nations[edit]

All seven UNCAF members participated in the tournament:


All matches were played at Estadio Nacional in San José, built as a replacement for the original National Stadium and opened in 2011.

San José
Estadio Nacional
Capacity: 35,060
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, 2011.jpg


Group stage[edit]

The group stage draw was held in San José on October 9, 2012.[1][2]

  1. Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  3. Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
  4. Greater goal difference in all group matches.
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches.
  6. Drawing of lots.

All times local (UTC−06:00).

Key to colors in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the semifinals
Group third placed teams advance to the fifth place match

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Belize 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Guatemala 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Nicaragua 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Guatemala  1–1  Nicaragua
Espinoza Goal 67' Report Quijano Goal 41'
Costa Rica  1–0  Belize
Arrieta Goal 55' Report

Belize  0–0  Guatemala
Costa Rica  2–0  Nicaragua
Lagos Goal 7'
Borges Goal 86'
Attendance: 5,980

Nicaragua  1–2  Belize
Figueroa Goal 85' Report Lennen Goal 29'
McCaulay Goal 90+1'
Costa Rica  1–1  Guatemala
Arrieta Goal 11' Report Contreras Goal 90'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Honduras 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
 El Salvador 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
 Panama 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

El Salvador and Panama finished with identical records and so their positions were determined by drawing of lots. El Salvador won and was placed second.[4]

Honduras  1–1  El Salvador
Bengtson Goal 75' Report Burgos Goal 77'
Attendance: 2,500

El Salvador  0–0  Panama

Panama  1–1  Honduras
Sánchez Goal 13' Report Montes Goal 31'
Attendance: 3,450

Final stage[edit]

In case of tie, no extra time is played, and the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out.[3]

 Costa Rica1
 Costa Rica1
 El Salvador0
Third place
 El Salvador1
Fifth place

Fifth place match[edit]

Guatemala  1–3  Panama
López Goal 75' Report Pérez Goal 28'
Rojas Goal 55'
Quintero Goal 59'


Honduras  1–0  Belize
Beckeles Goal 67' Report
Attendance: 1,644
Costa Rica  1–0  El Salvador
Wallace Goal 72' Report
Attendance: 4,993

Third place match[edit]

El Salvador  1–0  Belize
Bonilla Goal 50' Report


Costa Rica  1–0  Honduras
González Goal 38' Report
Attendance: 14,146
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
GK 18 Patrick Pemberton
DF 3 Giancarlo González
DF 4 Michael Umaña
DF 6 José Salvatierra Yellow card 90'
DF 7 Christopher Meneses
MF 5 Celso Borges Yellow card 29'
MF 7 Ariel Rodríguez
MF 10 Osvaldo Rodríguez Substituted off 84'
MF 20 Rodney Wallace Yellow card 34' Substituted off 73'
FW 21 Randall Brenes Substituted off 90'
FW 9 Alvaro Saborío
DF 17 Juan Diego Madrigal Substituted in 73'
DF 2 Pablo Salazar Substituted in 84'
FW 10 Jairo Arrieta Substituted in 90'
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto
GK 22 Donis Escober
DF 2 Brayan Beckeles
DF 5 Víctor Bernárdez
DF 13 Juan Pablo Montes
DF 6 Juan Carlos García Yellow card 70'
MF 10 Mario Martínez
MF 11 Jerry Bengtson
MF 8 Arnold Peralta Yellow card 61' Substituted off 72'
MF 14 Oscar Boniek García
FW 19 Luis Garrido Yellow card 52'
FW 21 Roger Rojas
FW 17 Georgie Welcome Substituted in 72'
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez

 2013 Copa
Centroamericana Champions 

Costa Rica
Seventh title


Golden Ball
Golden Boot
Golden Glove


2 goals
1 goal

Final standings[edit]