A 2-1 win towards 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 towards Costa Rica. With a crew extra exhausting working than gifted, and gamers who’ve been taking part in collectively for a very long time, the Canaleros have a tricky draw and can do properly to get out of the group.
Key Moments in Qualifying
A purpose from Fidel Escobar earns a shock victory in Honduras at the beginning of the fifth spherical.
After an excellent draw with Mexico, the crew begins to stutter. A defeat in Trinidad & Tobago and a draw at house to the USA sees Panama lose the benefit over the remainder of the pack that that they had acquired within the opening video games.
A Three-Zero victory towards 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 last sport towards Costa Rica and hope Honduras and the Individuals lose.
The miracle occurs. A purpose 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 towards Denmark on the 22nd March and misplaced 1-Zero. They then obtained completely hammered 6-Zero towards Switzerland 5 days later. On the 29th of Could they may play towards Northern Eire. Their last warm-up match might be towards Norway on the sixth of June.
- 22nd March – Denmark (misplaced 1-Zero)
- 27th March – Switzerland (misplaced 6-Zero)
- 28th Could – Northern Eire
- sixth June – Norway
Panama World Cup Fixtures
Panama kick off their World Cup marketing campaign towards the teams hardest opponents, Eden Hazard and Belgium. England follows six days later and at last Tunisia on the 28th of June.
Hernan Dario Gomez, age 61 (03.02.61)
Appointed in February 2014, the Colombian has turn out to be an knowledgeable 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 you need to select one it might be captain Roman Torres, who scored the purpose that clinched qualification. Generally known as “Mazinger” as a result of his physique resembles that of a wrestler greater than a footballer, he embodies the crew advantage of willpower slightly 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 a vital a part of coach Gomez’s system.
Panama World Cup Squad
Preliminary World Cup Squad –
Goalkeepers – Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodriguez
Defenders – Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Erick Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michal Amir Murillo, Luise Ovalle, Roman Torres
Midfielders – Ricardo Avila, Edgar Barcenas, Miguel Camargo, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero
Forwards – Abdiel Arroyo, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres
Panama World Cup Accidents
We are going to replace you with notable accidents right here.
Captain: Roman Torres (center) is the most effective of a crew that’s made up of hard-workers, not stars (Getty Photographs)
The Unanswered Questions
Will Hernan Dario Gomez dare to make adjustments?
Of the crew that began the decisive match towards Costa Rica, solely three – Fidel Escobar (22), Edgar Barcenas (24) and Anibal Godoy (27) – had been below 29. However whereas the coach’s dedication to expertise might have paid off towards regional opponents, a scarcity of tempo could possibly be a handicap towards 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 finished the exhausting half. The hope now could be that they arrive in Russia with enough motivation to drag off an upset like Costa Rica did 4 years in the past.
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