2013 Copa Centroamericana

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.

2013 Copa Centroamericana
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Tournament details
Host countryCosta Rica
Dates18–27 January
Teams7 (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 played14
Goals scored22 (1.57 per match)
Attendance48,683 (3,477 per match)
Top scorer(s)Costa Rica Jairo Arrieta
(2 goals)
Best player(s)Costa Rica Patrick Pemberton
Best goalkeeperCosta Rica Patrick Pemberton

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 nationsEdit

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


Group stageEdit

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 AEdit

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   67' Report Quijano   41'
Costa Rica  1–0  Belize
Arrieta   55' Report

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

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

Group BEdit

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   75' Report Burgos   77'

El Salvador  0–0  Panama

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

Final stageEdit

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 matchEdit

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


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

Third place matchEdit

El Salvador  1–0  Belize
Bonilla   50' Report


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

 2013 Copa
Centroamericana Champions 
Costa Rica
Seventh title


Golden Ball
Golden Boot
Golden Glove


2 goals
1 goal

Final standingsEdit