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Panama defeats USA  in World Cup qualifier


Posted 10/10/2021

A goal from Aníbal Godoy at minute 54 ' was enough for Panama to defeat the United States 1-0 in a match where those led by Tomás Christiansen were fully superior and recovered their image after losing to El Salvador on a waterlogged field

Panama achieved its first victory at home since the start of the octagonal and it did so paradoxically on the same day that marks four years of the historic qualification for the World Cup in Russia. It was also the first time that Panama defeated the US, one of the 'giants' of Concacaf. in a World Cup qualifier.

With the victory, Panama reaches 8 points and is in the third position of the final octagonal table of Concacaf towards the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

Spectators had to be fully vaccinated against  covid-19.



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Panama “Giant Slayers”  face Canada in World Cup qualifier


Posted 13/10/2021

Inspired by the historic home win against the United States, the giant of Concacaf three days ago, Panama’s National Soccer Team will take to the BMO Field in Toronto tonight to face Canada.

The duel between Panamanians and Canadians is the sixth date of the Octagonal Final of the Concacaf qualifying rounds with a view to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Thanks to its victory against the Americans, Panama is third in the standings with 8 points. Canada is in fourth place with 7 points after their 0-0 draw against Jamaica.

The Panama team traveled to Canada on Monday night and arrived at dawn yesterday. Once they had rested, the group underwent training and field reconnaissance in the afternoon, setting the stage for today's game.

"The victory against the United States was important and long-suffering, but now we have to turn the page and now try to score points against Canada," commented attacker César Yanis in the last training session before traveling. “We know it will be a very difficult game against a powerful and fast team, but the team is united. We know that we will achieve great things, ”added Yanis, a Real Zaragoza player in the Second Division of Spanish football.

Taking into account the wear and tear of the first two games of this window against El Salvador and the United States, in addition to the long journey, it is expected that the coach of the Panamanian team, Thomas Christiansen, will make some changes regarding his starting lineup.

“Some changes will have to be made, but it will be a very difficult game, for me the most difficult, a bit also because of the six-hour trip, to get to the hotel at dawn. But it is not an excuse, we are going to compete and try to give another joy ”, said Christiansen in reference to the commitment.



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Unfortunately the final score was Canada 4: Panama 1
Panama opened the scoring in the fifth minute through Rolando Blackburn. For Canada, the goals came from Michael Murillo (own goal, 27th minute), Alphonso Davies (66th), Tajon Buchanan (76th) and Jonathan David (78th).

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Homophobic  chants by Panama fans earn FIFA sanctions


Posted 17/10/2021

FIFA fines and sanctions Panama with a game behind closed doors for homophobic chants.

The FIFA sanctioned Panama with a match behind closed doors, ie without public for the misbehavior of fans during matches played locally in September, in the qualifying road to the World Cup 2022 Qatar.

In addition, a fine of about $54,000s (50 thousand francs) was established.

The sanction of playing without an audience would become effective in the next international commitment of the Pansms team, which will be on Tuesday, November 16, against El Salvador, on the eighth date of the octagonal round of Concacaf.

The Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut) confirmed that it was notified of the measure by the international body for "homophobic chants by fans during the September matches of the qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup played at home."

Fepafut reported that it will proceed to appeal the sanction issued by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and that if an unfavorable response is received, the process of returning the tickets that have already been purchased for the match against El Salvador will begin.

During the September window, Panama played two home games at Rommel Fernández, against Costa Rica (0-0) and Mexico (1-1).




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Panama gets second fine for soccer fans behavior


Posted 21/10/2021

The Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut), has received a second financial sanction from FIFA, for the behavior of local soccer fans.

The latest is for the invasion of fans onto the field in the match against the United States.

Fepafut reported that it was notified of the decision made by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, of a sanction of about $21,OOO  (20 thousand Swiss francs) for the inappropriate behavior of the fans in a match against the US national team at Rommel Fernández stadium for the Qatar 2022 World Cup was played on October 10 when Panama beat the United States 1-0.

On October 15, Fepafut reported that it was sanctioned by FIFA following homophobic chants of the fans in the match that was played at Rommel Fernández against Mexico (1-1) last September.

In the first sanction, FIFA determined that Panama will play its next home game without an audience and set a fine close to $54,000.

The penalty of playing behind closed doors will be fulfilled on November 16 against El Salvador.



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