[GOLD CUP: Group A] It wasn't necessarily a dominating performance, but Mexico got back on track at the Gold Cup with a 2-0 win over Canada thanks to goals from Raul Jimenez late in the first half and a disputed penalty kick by Marco Fabianearly in the second half. It was just the Tri's third win in 14 games in 2013. Panama became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Martinique on a late penalty kick from Gabriel Torres, his third goal of the tournament.
Despite missing captain Will Johnson, who was ill and returned to Portland, where he plays for the Timbers, and Russell Teibert, its best young player who was so sick he had to be hospitalized, Canada played better than it did in its 1-0 loss to Martinique and held off Mexico until Jimenez scored in a powerful header from eight yards off a corner kick that had been flicked on.
Canada complained vehemently about the penalty decision when Fabian went flying in the area. Replays showed David Edgar might have touched the Chivas star but the contact was outside the area.
Canada coach Colin Miller said afterwards that Fabian had dived and that he told the referee Joel Aguilar "it was an incredible decision."
Canada's best chance came in the 89th minute when Marcel de Jong hit a free kick off the crossbar.
Panama returned to CenturyLink Field, where it had lost to the USA, 2-0, in June and got a break late in the game when Sebastien Cretinoir took down Jairo Jimenez in the area and Torres converted the penalty kick. He had also scored on a penalty kick in the Canaleros' 2-1 win over Mexico.
CROWD COUNT.The doubleheader drew 28,354 fans -- more than the baseball Mariners drew (25,367) in the afternoon against the Boston Red Sox but not the 4-1 differential between the USA-Panama crowd (40,847) and Mariners-Astros crowd (10,266) for games played simultaneously.
Group A Results:
July 7 in Pasadena, Calif.
Martinique 1 Canada 0.Goal: Reuperne 93+.
Panama 2 Mexico 1.Goals: G.Torres pen. 7, 48; Fabian 45+2.
July 11 in Seattle
Panama 1 Martinique 0.Goal: G,Torres 85.
Mexico 2 Canada 0.Goals: R.Jimenez 42, Fabian pen. 57.
Group A Schedule:
July 14 in Denver
Martinique vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. MT (4 p.m. ET)
Panama vs. Canada, 4:30 p.m. MT (6:30 p.m. ET)
Group A Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
6 Panama 2-0-0 3/1
3 Mexico 1-0-1 3/2
3 Martinique 1-0-1 1/1
0 Canada 0-0-2 0/3