2020–21 Honduran Liga Nacional

The 2020–21 Honduran Liga Nacional season was the 55th Honduran Liga Nacional edition since its establishment in 1965. The tournament started in September 2020 and is scheduled to end in mid 2021. The season was divided into two halves (Apertura and Clausura), each crowning one champion. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football, a new and more compact format is to be used.[1] The first stage was shortened from 18 to 14 weeks. The tournament was divided into two groups of five. The top teams of each group advanced directly to the semifinal round, and the teams finishing 2nd and 3rd from each group had to play a playoff round. At the end of the season, the three teams with the best record qualified to the 2021 CONCACAF League.

Liga Nacional
Season2020–21
Dates26 September 2020–May 2021
ChampionsApertura: Olimpia
Clausura: Olimpia
RelegatedReal de Minas
CONCACAF LeagueOlimpia
Motagua
Marathón
Matches played166
Goals scored492 (2.96 per match)
Top goalscorerBengtson (23)
Biggest home winOLI 7–0 HNP (12 May 2021)
Biggest away winRSO 1–6 VID
(1 November 2020)
Highest scoringRSO 1–6 VID
(1 November 2020)
Longest unbeaten runOLI (14)
Longest losing runRSO (5)
MAR (5)
All statistics correct as of 19 May 2021.

2020–21 teamsEdit

A total of 10 teams will contested the tournament, the same that participated in the 2019–20 season since no relegation was implemented.

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Honduras Progreso El Progreso Estadio Humberto Micheletti 5,000
Marathón San Pedro Sula Estadio Yankel Rosenthal 15,000
Motagua Tegucigalpa Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino 35,000
Olimpia Tegucigalpa Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino 35,000
Platense Puerto Cortés Estadio Excélsior 7,910
Real de Minas Danlí Estadio Marcelo Tinoco 5,000
Real España San Pedro Sula Estadio Francisco Morazán 26,781
Real Sociedad Tocoa Estadio Francisco Martínez Durón 3,000
UPNFM Choluteca Estadio Emilio Williams Agasse 8,000
Vida La Ceiba Estadio Nilmo Edwards 18,000

AperturaEdit

The Apertura tournament was the first half of the 2020–21 season which ran from September 2020 to January 2021. C.D. Olimpia lifted their second straight title and their 32nd overall.[2]

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Group A
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Olimpia 14 10 4 0 30 9 +21 34 Advance to Semifinals
2 Motagua 14 10 2 2 33 10 +23 32 Advance to Play-offs
3 UPNFM 14 4 6 4 20 20 0 18
4 Real de Minas 14 2 6 6 18 24 −6 12
5 Real Sociedad 14 1 2 11 12 38 −26 5
Updated to match(es) played on 12 December 2020. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Group B
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Marathón 14 8 2 4 24 11 +13 26 Advance to Semifinals
2 Vida 14 6 3 5 25 18 +7 21 Advance to Play-offs
3 Platense 14 4 5 5 18 25 −7 17
4 Real España 14 4 4 6 18 18 0 16
5 Honduras Progreso 14 2 4 8 12 37 −25 10
Updated to match(es) played on 12 December 2020. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away HNP MAR MOT OLI PLA RDM RES RSO UPN VID
Honduras Progreso 1–1 0–5 1–1 0–3 1–2 2–3 1–1
Marathón 4–0 1–2 1–3 3–0 3–0 5–0 0–2
Motagua 1–1 0–0 5–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–0
Olimpia 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 5–0 3–1 1–0
Platense 0–0 0–1 2–3 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–0
Real de Minas 3–4 2–0 0–3 2–3 1–1 2–1 1–1
Real España 5–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–3
Real Sociedad 1–5 0–2 2–3 0–0 1–2 2–3 1–6
UPNFM 0–1 0–2 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1
Vida 4–1 0–1 3–3 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–3
Updated to match(es) played on 12 December 2020. Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

PlayoffsEdit

ResultsEdit

 
First RoundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
                      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23 and 27 December 2020
 
 
Olimpia112
 
 
Marathón30 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 2021
 
 
Marathón000
 
17 and 20 December 2020
 
Olimpia21 3
 
Platense213
 
30 December 2020 and 3 January 2021
 
Motagua40 4
 
Motagua224
 
 
Marathón01 1
 
 
6 and 10 January 2021
 
 
Motagua101
 
19 and 23 December 2020
 
Olimpia30 3
 
UPNFM112
 
30 December 2020 and 3 January 2021
 
Vida35 8
 
Vida000
 
 
Olimpia03 3
 
 
 
 
17 December 2020 Playoffs Platense 2–4 Motagua Puerto Cortés
16:00 Bernárdez   28'
Barahona   84'

 
 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
(GK) Pineda – 24
Castillo – 3
Martínez – 5
  81' Araúz – 8
  58' Lugli – 9
  65' Fajardo – 13
Barahona – 14
Bernárdez – 16
  58' Jaramillo – 20
  65' Morales – 25
Oseguera – 28
Substitutes
  58' Martínez – 38
  58' Rodríguez – 17
  65' Moncada – 10
  65' Domínguez – 43
  81' Zúniga – 30
Coach
López  
Report   8'   63' López
  23' (o.g.) Martínez
  51' Castillo
 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
19 – Rougier (GK)
5 – Pereira
7 – Izaguirre   71'
8 – Martínez   71'
11 – Vega   74'
12 – Santos
16 – Castellanos
17 – Decas   46'
24 – Elvir
29 – Castillo
34 – López   74'
Substitutes
35 – Meléndez   46'
6 – Mayorquín   71'
10 – Galvaliz   71'
9 – Klusener   74'
18 – Crisanto   74'
Coach
  Vásquez
Stadium: Estadio Excélsior
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Luís Mejía
20 December 2020 Playoffs Motagua 0–1
(4–3 agg.)
Platense Tegucigalpa
16:00
 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
(GK) Rougier – 19
Pereira – 5
  46' Klusener – 9
  46' Galvaliz – 10
Santos – 12
Castellanos – 16
Elvir – 24
  79' Castillo – 29
  46' Núñez – 32
  72' López – 34
Meléndez – 35
Substitutes
  46' Peña – 4
  46' Martínez – 8
  46' Vega – 11
  72' Crisanto – 18
  79' Moreira – 21
Coach
Vásquez  
Report   45+1' (pen.) Bernárdez
 
 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
24 – Pineda (GK)
3 – Castillo
5 – Martínez
8 – Araúz   89'
10 – Moncada   69'
13 – Fajardo
14 – Barahona
16 – Bernárdez   63'
25 – Morales   88'
28 – Oseguera
43 – Domínguez
Substitutes
9 – Lugli   63'   88'
17 – Rodríguez   69'
30 – Zúniga   88'
18 – Padilla   88'
39 – Pérez   89'
Coach
  López
Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Nelson Salgado
19 December 2020 Playoffs UPNFM 1–3 Vida Tegucigalpa
17:00 Moncada  
Peña   61'
 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
(GK) Castro – 30
Reyes – 6
  46' C. Róchez – 7
Moncada – 8
  29' Bodden – 9
Montoya – 16
  46' J. Róchez – 24
  57' Garay – 27
Gómez – 28
Mejía – 29
Cacho – 36
Substitutes
  29'   78' Lacayo – 14
  46' Flores – 10
  46' Peña – 21
  57' Argeñal – 18
  78' Elvir – 26
Coach
Nazar  
Report   3'   39'   81' (pen.) Palma

 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
30 – Mendoza (GK)
3 – C. Meléndez
4 – Velásquez
5 – Mazzola   89'
6 – Palma
8 – D. Meléndez
14 – Argueta   81'
16 – Escalante   69'
22 – Aguilar
27 – Quaye
31 – Sánchez   89'
Substitutes
21 – L. Meléndez   69'
36 – Arzú   81'
15 – Rosales   89'
33 – Sander   89'

Coach
  Membreño
Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Selvin Brown
23 December 2020 Playoffs Vida 5–1
(8–2 agg.)
UPNFM La Ceiba
17:15 Palma   20'   65'
Aguilar   35'   54'
Quaye   44'
Report   40' Moncada Stadium: Estadio Nilmo Edwards
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Armando Castro
23 December 2020 Playoffs Marathón 3–1 Olimpia San Pedro Sula
15:00 Volpi   60'
Solano   65'
Johnson   90'
 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
(GK) Torres – 25
  84' Suazo – 6
Garrido – 8
Ramírez – 13
Banegas – 16
  68' Volpi – 20
Johnson – 29
  85' Solano – 30
Arriaga – 33
  74' Vega – 65
Motiño – 67
Substitutes
  68' Palermo – 22
  74' Lahera – 7
  84' López – 12
  85' Moreira – 3

Coach
Vargas  
Report   85' Hernández


 
 
 
 
 

Starting XI
22 – Fonseca (GK)
2 – Núñez
3 – Oliva
15 – Rodríguez   87'
17 – Paz
19 – Arboleda   64'
20 – Flores
25 – Portillo
27 – Bengtson   78'
31 – Bernárdez   64'
32 – Pineda   78'
Substitutes
30 – Hernández   64'
21 – Pinto   64'
8 – Reyes   78'
23 – Álvarez   78'
10 – Garrido   87'
Coach
  Troglio
Stadium: Estadio Yankel Rosenthal
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Héctor Rodríguez
27 December 2020 Playoffs Olimpia 1–0
(2–3 agg.)
Marathón Tegucigalpa
18:00 Reyes   90+4' Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Óscar Moncada

30 December 2020 Semifinals Vida 0–0 Olimpia La Ceiba
17:15 Report Stadium: Estadio Nilmo Edwards
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Saíd Martínez
3 January 2021 Semifinals Olimpia 3–0
(3–0 agg.)
Vida Tegucigalpa
16:00 Arboleda   28'
Álvarez   42'
Hernández   67'
Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Armando Castro
30 December 2020 Semifinals Motagua 2–0 Marathón Tegucigalpa
19:00 Castillo   41' (pen.)   74' Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Melvin Matamoros
3 January 2021 Semifinals Marathón 1–2
(1–4 agg.)
Motagua San Pedro Sula
15:00 Volpi   23' (pen.) Report   8' Vega
  38' López
Stadium: Estadio Yankel Rosenthal
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Héctor Rodríguez

6 January 2021 Final Motagua 1–3 Olimpia Tegucigalpa
19:00 Castillo   48' (pen.) Report   2' Bengtson
  19' Hernández
  44' (o.g.) Santos
Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Óscar Moncada
10 January 2021 Final Olimpia 0–0
(3–1 agg.)
Motagua Tegucigalpa
16:00 Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Melvin Matamoros

Note: Despite their elimination in the semifinals, C.D. Marathón clinched their spot at the extra final series as winners of the regular season first place decider playoff.

14 January 2021 Final Olimpia 2–0 Marathón Tegucigalpa
19:00 Hernández   46'
Bengtson   72'
Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Saíd Martínez
17 January 2021 Final Marathón 0–1
(0–3 agg.)
Olimpia San Pedro Sula
11:00 Report   72' Arboleda Stadium: Estadio Yankel Rosenthal
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Héctor Rodríguez

ClausuraEdit

The Clausura tournament was the second half of the 2020–21 season which was played in the first semester of 2021. C.D. Olimpia won their third consecutive national championship and their 33rd overall after winning both the regular season and the playoff stage.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Group A
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Olimpia 14 11 2 1 36 9 +27 35 Advance to Semifinals
2 Motagua 14 9 4 1 29 14 +15 31 Advance to Play-offs
3 UPNFM 14 5 4 5 20 19 +1 19
4 Real Sociedad 14 3 8 3 21 21 0 17
5 Real de Minas 14 0 6 8 11 31 −20 6
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2021. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Group B
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Real España 14 4 7 3 17 13 +4 19 Advance to Semifinals
2 Honduras Progreso 14 3 6 5 20 25 −5 15 Advance to Play-offs
3 Vida 14 2 8 4 19 23 −4 14
4 Marathón 14 3 5 6 17 22 −5 14
5 Platense 14 2 6 6 20 33 −13 12
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2021. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away HNP MAR MOT OLI PLA RDM RES RSO UPN VID
Honduras Progreso 1–1 0–5 2–2 5–2 1–1 0–3 0–0
Marathón 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–2
Motagua 5–2 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–1
Olimpia 2–1 0–0 5–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 5–1
Platense 0–4 5–3 2–3 1–1 2–2 0–3 2–2
Real de Minas 0–3 0–3 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–2
Real España 1–0 2–2 1–2 4–0 0–0 1–1 0–0
Real Sociedad 3–1 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–4
UPNFM 0–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 3–1
Vida 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–3 2–2 2–3 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2021. Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

PlayoffsEdit

ResultsEdit

1 May 2021 Playoffs UPNFM 3–2 Honduras Progreso Tegucigalpa
17:00 Osorio   15'
Elvir   31'
Guillén   78'
Report   4' Agámez
  79' Rotondi
Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Alex Morazán
5 May 2021 Playoffs Honduras Progreso 4–0
(6–3 agg.)
UPNFM El Progreso
19:00 Rotondi   5'   78'   90+12'
Agámez   89'
Report Stadium: Estadio Humberto Micheletti
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Marlon Díaz
2 May 2021 Playoffs Vida 1–1 Motagua La Ceiba
15:06 Palma   57' Report   87' Moncada Stadium: Estadio Nilmo Edwards
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Orlando Hernández
4 May 2021 Playoffs Motagua 3–0
(4–1 agg.)
Vida Tegucigalpa
19:00 López   69'
Mayorquín   78'
Klusener   83'
Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Jefferson Escobar
1 May 2021 Playoffs Real España 0–0 Olimpia San Pedro Sula
18:00 Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Héctor Rodríguez
5 May 2021 Playoffs Olimpia 2–1
(2–1 agg.)
Real España Tegucigalpa
19:00 Chirinos   27'
Bengtson   64' (pen.)
Report   30' Mejía Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Nelson Salgado

8 May 2021 Semifinals Honduras Progreso 0–0 Olimpia El Progreso
18:00 Report Stadium: Estadio Humberto Micheletti
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Melvin Matamoros
12 May 2021 Semifinals Olimpia 7–0
(7–0 agg.)
Honduras Progreso Tegucigalpa
20:00 Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
8 May 2021 Semifinals Motagua 1–0 Real España Tegucigalpa
20:00 Galvaliz   30' Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Óscar Moncada
12 May 2021 Semifinals Real España 1–0
(1–1 agg.)
(6–7 p)
Motagua San Pedro Sula
18:00 Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Attendance: Closed gates

16 May 2021 Final Motagua 2–1 Olimpia Tegucigalpa
18:00 Moreira   35' (pen.)
Villafranca   90+2' (pen.)
Report   56' Bengtson Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Armando Castro
19 May 2021 Final Olimpia 1–0
(2–2 agg.)
(4–3 p)
Motagua Tegucigalpa
19:00 Bengtson   44' Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Saíd Martínez
Penalties
Alvarado  
Leverón  
Hernández  
Flores  
Bengtson  
  Moreira
  García
  Decas
  Villafranca
  Martínez

Top goalscorersEdit

The top goalscorer will be determined by the addition of goals of both Apertura and Clausura tournaments.

As of 19 May 2021
  • 23 goals:
  • 15 goals:
  • 14 goals:
  • 13 goals:
  • 12 goals:
  • 11 goals:
  • 10 goals:
  • 9 goals:
  • 8 goals:
  • 7 goals:
  • 6 goals:
  • 5 goals:
  • 4 goals:
  • 3 goals:
  • 2 goals:
  • 1 goal:
  Júnior García (Real España)
  José Reyes (Olimpia)
  Bayron Méndez (Motagua)
  Lesvin Medina (UPNFM)
  Kenneth Ulloa (UPNFM)
  Isaías Olariaga (Real Sociedad)
  Jorge Castrillo (Real España)
  Cristian Cálix (Marathón)
  Júnior Lacayo (UPNFM)
  Darwin Andino (Real de Minas)
  Éver Alvarado (Olimpia)
  Jamal Charles (Real Sociedad)
  Alex Martínez (Real Sociedad)
  Micher Antúnez (Vida)
  Elder Torres (Vida)
  Deyron Martínez (Real Sociedad)
  Carlos Argueta (Vida)
  Matías Soto (Real España)
  Marvin Bernárdez (Olimpia)
  Maylor Núñez (Olimpia)
  Yeer Gutiérrez (Real Sociedad)
  Richard Zúniga (Platense)
  Aldo Oviedo (Real de Minas)
  Samuel Córdova (Olimpia)
  Matías Garrido (Olimpia)
  Ted Bodden (UPNFM)
  Mathías Techera (Marathón)
  Hesller Morales (Platense)
  Yeison Mosquera (Honduras Progreso)
  Samuel Lucas (Honduras Progreso)
  Manuel Elvir (UPNFM)
  Héctor Castellanos (Motagua)
  Kílmar Peña (UPNFM)
  Jorge Álvarez (Olimpia)
  Axel Barrios (Real de Minas)
  Luís Meléndez (Vida)
  Jonathan Paz (Olimpia)
  Johnny Leverón (Olimpia)
  Bryan Bernárdez (Vida)
  Óscar García (Motagua)
  Óscar González (Honduras Progreso)
  Jonathan Núñez (Motagua)
  Kendrick Cárcamo (Real Sociedad)
  Yunni Dolmo (Honduras Progreso)
  Jerrick Díaz (UPNFM)
  Maikel García (Real España)
  Franklin Flores (Real España)
  José Domínguez (Platense)
  Luis Argeñal (UPNFM)
  Sendel Cruz (UPNFM)
  Guillermo Chavasco (Vida)
  Joel Membreño (Vida)
  Jonatan Corzo (Real Sociedad)
  Breyner Bonilla (Real Sociedad)
  Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia)
  Henry Güity (Real de Minas)
  Arnold Meléndez (UPNFM)
  Iverson Jiménez (Vida)
  Reinieri Mayorquín (Motagua)
  Yeison Mejía (Real España)
  Josué Villafranca (Motagua)
  • 1 own-goal:
  • 2 own-goals:

Aggregate tableEdit

Relegation was determined by the aggregated table of both Apertura and Clausura tournaments. On 27 April 2021, C.D. Real de Minas was officially relegated after finishing last in the aggregated standings.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Olimpia 28 21 6 1 66 18 +48 69 Qualified to 2021 CONCACAF League
2 Motagua 28 19 6 3 62 24 +38 63
3 Marathón 28 11 7 10 41 33 +8 40
4 UPNFM 28 9 10 9 40 39 +1 37
5 Real España 28 8 11 9 35 31 +4 35
6 Vida 28 8 11 9 44 41 +3 35
7 Platense 28 6 11 11 38 58 −20 29
8 Honduras Progreso 28 5 10 13 32 62 −30 25
9 Real Sociedad 28 4 10 14 33 59 −26 22
10 Real de Minas 28 2 12 14 29 55 −26 18 Relegated to 2021–22 Honduran Liga Nacional de Ascenso
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2021. Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Confirman formato para el Apertura 2020 en Honduras". As.com. Diario AS. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Olimpia se consagra bicampeón de Honduras tras vencer a Marathón". AS.com. Diario AS. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Olimpia vs Motagua (1(4-3)0): resumen y goles - Final de Honduras:". As.com. Diario AS. Retrieved 19 May 2021.