World Cup Qualification
CONCACAF – First round, second leg
Sun. 15 May 1988
Estadio Marquesa de la Ensenada, 
San Marcos
Att.: 18,000
Video: full game

Guatemala 1 – 1 Cuba
0-1 (41) Carlos Gonzáles
1-1 (68) Byron Pérez (pen.)

Ref.: Julio Salas
L1: Edward Ballion
L2: Arturo Angeles
(All USA)


Written by: @1990qual


(Twitter thread)

Having secured a 1-0 away win in the first leg in Cuba 15 days earlier, Guatemala would have to be considered favourites to progress through to the next round of World Cup qualification. Rather than their usual venue for home qualifying matches, the Guatemalan FA had opted to play this tie away from the capital, with the town of San Marcos, some 150 miles away from City of Guatemala, stageing the tie.


Retrieving information for this particular fixture is a tricky task. Based on available information from the first encounter in Havana, the Guatemalan team, at least its starting eleven, is identical with what was seen there.

Manager is Jorge Roldán.


Having lost the tie on home soil, Cuba’s coach Roberto Morero had seemingly opted to make just a single alteration to his starting line-up, replacing midfielder Ramón Arredondo with Juan Palmero.


44 year old Julio Salas, representing the United States, although he was born in Peru, was one of seven US referees in 1988 and 1989 on the FIFA list. He had moved from Lima to America as a 19 year old in 1962, and was a General Electric employee.

Previous meetings

This was the fifth time altogether that the two countries had been paired, although they had never previously crossed paths in World Cup qualification. The first leg a fortnight earlier had been their inaugural such encounter, and Guatemala had come away from the Caribbean island with a 1-0 win. That had been their first meeting in 27 years, when Guatemala had won 2-0 in a CCCF championship fixture in Costa Rica.

The total record read two wins each.

Guatemala (4-4-2)

1 Ricardo Antonio Piccinini
2 Juan Manuel Dávila
3 Allan Wellmann
5 Víctor Monzón (c)
6 Kevin Sandovalsub
7 Carlos Martínez
9 Edwin Westphalsub 17′
10 Sergio Rivera
11 Byron Pérez
13 Félix McDonald
16 Carlos Castañeda

12 Adán Paniaguaon 17′
18 Luis Lópezon
Manager: Jorge Roldán

Cuba (4-5-1)

21 Noel Argüelles
3 Manuel Plácido
5 Juan Francisco Caro
6 Carlos Gonzáles
7 Jorge Isaac
8 Rolando Rodríguez 42′
9 Jorge Maya
12 José Rivero
14 Regino Delgado (c)
18 Reemberto Piedrasub
19 Juan Palmerosub

15 Reynaldo Revéon
17 Luis Armelio Garcíaon
Manager: Roberto Hernández Morero

Tactical line-ups

Match report

First half: