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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.

1981 CONCACAF Championship
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Host countryHonduras
Dates1 November – 22 November
Teams6 (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 played15
Goals scored28 (1.87 per match)
Top scorer(s)Mexico Hugo Sánchez (3 goals)
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Contents

VenuesEdit

QualificationEdit

Final roundEdit

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   18'
H. Sánchez   43'50'
Manzo   53'

Canada  1–0  El Salvador
Stojanovic   90'

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

Haiti  1–1  Canada
Romulas   34' Stojanovic   50'

Mexico  0–1  El Salvador
Hernandez   81'

Honduras  2–0  Cuba
Buezo   36'
Costly   69'


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


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

Mexico  1–1  Canada
Castro   29' Bridge   57'


Haiti  0–1  El Salvador
Huezo   28'

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

1981 CONCACAF Championship Winners
 
Honduras
First Title

GoalscorersEdit

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