A 2-1 win in opposition to Costa Rica booked Panama’s first World Cup berth within the nations historical past.
Panama World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
After going agonisingly shut 4 years in the past, Panama lastly booked their first ticket to a World Cup by ending third within the CONCACAF qualifying group after a dramatic victory in opposition to Costa Rica. With a crew extra laborious working than gifted, and gamers who’ve been enjoying collectively for a very long time, the Canaleros have a tricky draw and can do properly to get out of the group.
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Key Moments in Qualifying
A aim from Fidel Escobar earns a shock victory in Honduras firstly of the fifth spherical.
After draw with Mexico, the crew begins to stutter. A defeat in Trinidad & Tobago and a draw at residence to the USA sees Panama lose the benefit over the remainder of the pack that they’d acquired within the opening video games.
A Three-Zero victory in opposition to Honduras breaks a six-game winless streak that had taken them from third to fifth place within the group. However a month later, a Four-Zero loss within the US means they need to win their closing sport in opposition to Costa Rica and hope Honduras and the Individuals lose.
The miracle occurs. A aim by Blas Perez – which by no means crossed the road – and one other by Roman Torres within the dying minutes offers Panama a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica.
Panama World Cup Group
Panama make up Group G alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Belgium, Tunisia, and England.
Panama World Cup Friendlies
Panama performed in opposition to Denmark on the 22nd March and misplaced 1-Zero. They then acquired completely hammered 6-Zero in opposition to Switzerland 5 days later. On the 29th of Might they may play in opposition to Northern Eire. Their closing warm-up match will probably be in opposition to Norway on the sixth of June.
- 22nd March – Denmark (misplaced 1-Zero)
- 27th March – Switzerland (misplaced 6-Zero)
- 28th Might – Northern Eire
- sixth June – Norway
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Panama World Cup Fixtures
Panama kick off their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to the teams hardest opponents, Eden Hazard and Belgium. England follows six days later and eventually Tunisia on the 28th of June.
- 18th June – Belgium
- 24th June – England
- 28th June – Tunisia
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Hernan Dario Gomez, age 61 (03.02.61)
Appointed in February 2014, the Colombian has change into an skilled in South America and CONCACAF qualification, having beforehand booked a ticket with Colombia in 1998 and Ecuador in 2002. His file within the event is much less profitable, having been twice eradicated within the first spherical.
There aren’t too many standout gamers within the squad, but when it’s a must to select one it might be captain Roman Torres, who scored the aim that clinched qualification. Often called “Mazinger” as a result of his physique resembles that of a wrestler greater than a footballer, he embodies the crew advantage of dedication somewhat than talent.
The backbone of the crew has been the identical for not less than eight years, with goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, defender Felipe Baloy, midfielder Gabriel Gomez, and strikers Blas Perez, Armando Cooper and Luis Tejada.
Tragically, midfielder Amilcar Henriquez was killed in a theft in April 2017. Aged 33 and with 84 caps, he was an important a part of coach Gomez’s system.
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Panama World Cup Squad
Panama are but to announce their World Cup squad.
Panama World Cup Accidents
We are going to replace you with notable accidents right here.
Captain: Roman Torres (center) is the very best of a crew that’s made up of hard-workers, not stars (Getty Photos)
The Unanswered Questions
Will Hernan Dario Gomez dare to make modifications?
Of the crew that began the decisive match in opposition to Costa Rica, solely three – Fidel Escobar (22), Edgar Barcenas (24) and Anibal Godoy (27) – had been beneath 29. However whereas the coach’s dedication to expertise might have paid off in opposition to regional opponents, a scarcity of tempo might be a handicap in opposition to extra highly effective opposition.
What to do with Felipe Baloy?
For years he has been a rock within the defence. However relegated to the bench for the Costa Rica sport, it is pertinent to ask whether or not, at 36, he can nonetheless contribute.
Will the crew have the ability to compete within the World Cup?
After reserving their ticket, the prevalent feeling is that the crew have completed the laborious half. The hope now could be that they arrive in Russia with adequate motivation to drag off an upset like Costa Rica did 4 years in the past.
With arguably the strongest squad within the event,…
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