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The UNCAF Nations Cup 2009 was the tenth edition of the UNCAF Nations Cup, the biennial football (soccer) tournament for the CONCACAF-affiliated national teams of Central America. The first five places qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[1] The event was going to take place in Panama City, Panama between January 22 and February 1, 2009,[2] but the Panamanian FA announced that they would not host the event due to not having an adequate stadium available for the time period of the tournament.[3][4] The alternative hosts were Honduras and Guatemala.[5] Honduras submitted an official replacement bid on November 12, and after some consideration it was moved to Honduras.[3] All games were played in Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa.[3][6] The tournament was sponsored by Digicel.[7] On 1 February 2009 Panama won the tournament, the first UNCAF Nations Cup win in the country's history.

2009 UNCAF Nations Cup
Copa Naciones de UNCAF
Copa Naciones DIGICEL
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Tournament details
Host countryHonduras
DatesJanuary 22 - February 1
Teams7 (from 1 sub-confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Panama (1st title)
Runners-up Costa Rica
Third place Honduras
Fourth place El Salvador
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored32 (2.29 per match)
Attendance114,000 (8,143 per match)
Top scorer(s)Costa Rica Andy Furtado
(3 goals)
Best player(s)Costa Rica Keylor Navas
2007
2011

Contents

Participating nationsEdit

All seven UNCAF members participated in the tournament:

SquadsEdit

First roundEdit

The group stage draw took place on December 9, 2008 in Guatemala City.[1] The reigning champions, Costa Rica, and the hosts, Honduras, were automatically drawn as top seed in their respective groups.[7] Costa Rica was paired with Panama and Guatemala, the first two runners-up from the UNCAF Nations Cup 2007.[1] The remaining teams – El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Belize – were drawn into the same group as Honduras.[1]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Honduras 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Qualified to the Semifinals
2   El Salvador 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
3   Nicaragua 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2 Qualified to the Fifth place playoff
4   Belize 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
El Salvador  1–1  Nicaragua
Avilés   18' (o.g.) Report Medina   85'
Honduras  2–1  Belize
Guevara   32'
Martínez   61'
Report Castillo   86'

Belize  1–4  El Salvador
James   73' Report Pacheco   11' (pen.)30' (pen.)
Sánchez   75'
Ayala   88'
Honduras  4–1  Nicaragua
Rodríguez   16'
Solórzano   65' (o.g.)
S. Martínez   73'
W. Martínez   79'
Report Reyes   30'

Nicaragua  1–1  Belize
Barrera   66' Report Usher   27'
Honduras  2–0  El Salvador
Pavón   34' (pen.)
Chávez   73'
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Costa Rica 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Qualified to the Semifinals
2   Panama 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 3
3   Guatemala 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 Qualified to the Fifth place playoff
Costa Rica  3–0  Panama
Furtado   10'16'
Sánchez   55'
Report

Guatemala  1–3  Costa Rica
López   51' Report Sánchez   34'
Herrera   59'
Segura   61'

Panama  1–0  Guatemala
Zapata   31' Report

Final roundEdit

Fifth placeEdit

The winner of the fifth place match qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup as the fifth and final entrant from Central America.

Nicaragua  2–0  Guatemala
Wilson   39'85' Report

SemifinalsEdit

All four semifinalists qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Semifinal
Costa Rica  3–0
Awarded
  El Salvador
Furtado   18' Report
  • The game was called after sixty minutes of play when El Salvador was reduced to six players. Two El Salvador players, Alexander Escobar and Eliseo Quintanilla, were awarded red cards in the first half, and Deris Umanzor, Rodolfo Zelaya, and goalkeeper Juan José Gómez were injured and had to leave the game after El Salvador had already exhausted their three substitutions. The game was awarded 3–0 to Costa Rica[8]
Semifinal
Honduras  0–1  Panama
Report Phillips   40'

Third placeEdit

Honduras  1–0  El Salvador
Espinoza   30' Report

FinalEdit

 
 
 
 
 
Panama
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica

ResultsEdit

 2009 UNCAF
Nations Cup Champions 
 
Panama
First title
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final status
1   Panama 4 2 1 1 2 3 −1 7 Champions
2   Costa Rica 4 3 1 0 9 1 +8 10 Runner-up
3   Honduras 5 4 0 1 9 3 +6 12 Third place winner
4   El Salvador 5 1 1 3 5 8 −3 4 Third place loser
5   Nicaragua 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 5 Fifth place winner
6   Guatemala 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0 Fifth place loser
7   Belize 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1 Eliminated in Group stage

ScorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Six-time champ Costa Rica drawn with Panama, Guatemala in Central American Nations Cup". Guatemala City: CONCACAF. 9 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Panamá organizará la Copa de Naciones de la UNCAF del 2009" (in Spanish). Tanto Fútbol. 28 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-01-17. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Central American Nations Cup moved from Panama to Honduras". Guatemala City: CONCACAF. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Panamá descarta organizar la Uncaf". La Nación (in Spanish). Panama. 2 November 2008. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  5. ^ Estrada, Campo Elías (22 February 2008). "Copa de Naciones está más allá que acá". La Prensa (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Se confirma Honduras como sede de la Copa de Naciones de la UNCAF del 2009" (in Spanish). UNCAF. 16 November 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Digicel, UNCAF launch 2009 Nations Cup". The Nassau Guardian. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  8. ^ WASHINGTONPOST.com – Monday Kickaround – 2 February 2009

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