🌎 USA humbled by Panama; Mexico account for 10-man Honduras | OneFootball
🌎 USA humbled by Panama; Mexico account for 10-man Honduras
The USA and Mexico were both in World Cup qualifying action on Sunday.
Here’s how things transpired.
Panama record deserved victory over sub-par USA
Scorer: Godoy 54′
The USA slumped to a disappointing defeat in Panana City as the pumped-up hosts secured a famous victory courtesy of a display full of passion and endeavour.
Panama were completely on top in the early exchanges of this encounter, and should have taken the lead on the quarter hour when Rolando Blackburn failed to apply the necessary touch from Freddy Góndola’s cross with the goal at his mercy.
Los Canaleros remained the better team as the game wore on, and were rewarded almost 10 minutes after the break when captain Anibal Godoy got his head to an Eric Davis corner to send the home crowd at the Estadio Rommel Fernández into raptures.
A big reaction would have been expected from the Stars and Stripes, but Gregg Berhalter’s side mustered very little to try and get themselves back into the game.
Injuries led to seven minutes of second-half stoppage time, during which Panama were able to see out the game in relative comfort.
On Wednesday, the USA (2nd place, 8 points) will host Costa Rica in Columbus while Panama (3rd place, 8 points) travel to face Canada.
Mexico too good for 10-man Honduras
Scorers: Cordóva 18′, Funes Mori 76′, Lozano 87′
Mexico dominated Honduras from start to finish in this one-sided affair at the Estadio Azteca.
The hosts hit the front through Sebastián Córdova, with the América midfielder lashing home from close range after a sustained period of pressure by El Tri.
Mexico were in complete control of the fixture, but somehow failed to add to their tally before the half.
Matters went from bad to worse for the Los Catrachos, however, when captain Maynor Figueroa was dismissed in the 49th minute. The veteran central defender could have few complaints as his blatant foul denied Raúl Jimenez the chance to be clean through on goal.
Rogelio Funes Mori eventually doubled the advantage when he was in the right place at the right time to finish after Edson Álvarez’s initial effort came back off the upright.
Lozano put the seal on Mexico’s victory with a tidy effort after a give-and-go with substitute Orbelín Pineda.
On Wednesday, Mexico (1st place, 11 points) will travel to El Salvador while Honduras (7th place, 3 points) host Jamaica.