Canaleros sweep El Tri

[PANAMA-MEXICO] Panama accomplished what no Concacaf team has ever done and beaten Mexico twice in the same competition in the same year. For the second time at the 2013 Gold Cup, the Canaleros beat El Tri, 2-1, this time before a pro-Mexico crowd of 81,410 at Cowboys Stadium and moved into Sunday's final against the USA. The loss all but assured that embattled Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre will be fired.

Wednesday's victory in the semifinals at Cowboys Stadium was remarkably similar to Panama's win on the opening day of the Gold Cup at the Rose Bowl, where it took at early lead and won with a goal in the second half after Mexico had equalized.

Alberto Quintero, who had given Mexico fits in the first game, fed FC Dallas striker Blas Perez to give the Canaleros the lead in the 13th minute.

Marco Fabian, who had Mexico's lone goal in its opening defeat, broke free to feed Luis Montes for a header in the 26th minute.

Panama pulled ahead again in the 61st minute on a header from defender Roman Torres off a corner kick from Gabriel Torres, who had scored both goals in the first meeting.

Mexico's best chance to equalize came late in the game when American-born Isaac Brizuela broke free but goalie Jaime Penedo managed to tip Brizuela's lob over the bar.

Three times before the USA has beaten Mexico twice in the same year (2000, 2002 and 2007), but four of the six wins were in friendlies.

Panama moved into the Gold Cup final for the second time against the United States.

The USA won in a shootout in 2005 at Giants Stadium after the match ended 0-0. U.S. coach Bruce Arena was suspended for the game after being dismissed in the semifinal win over Honduras for cursing the referee.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann should learn soon whether he'll suffer the same fate and miss Sunday's final in Chicago.
3 comments about "Canaleros sweep El Tri".
  1. Aresenal Fan, July 25, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

    Mexico looked short of any creative ideas the whole game, Huigui terrible the whole game..

  2. Scott O'Connor, July 25, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

    I still can't see how coaching this crappy group to the semifinals gets Chepo fired. Fire him when he loses with Chicharito, Dos Santos, etc... on the field. I'd have to think Mexico's big players would be astonished that their manager was fired for the bad play of their B-team.... I really wanted Mexico in the final because I think this US squad would have made mincemeat out of them.... Only scary player they had was Fabian.

  3. Chris Sapien , July 25, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

    I disagree, the mexico players you mention have only had slightly better creativity and results under de la Terrible in '13. Much like the mexico fans, the players will come out and throw him under the bus as well. We've seen it before......

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