Panama, Canada play to 0-0 tie in Gold Cup
Panama missed a chance to finish group play with a perfect
record, tying winless 0-0 Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Panama (2-0-1, Group A) had already secured a berth in the
quarterfinals with wins over Mexico and Martinique. Panama’s
Gabriel Torres, who had three goals in the victories, rested
”We had opportunities. We just didn’t make goals,” Panama
coach Julio Dely Valdes said. ”I’m very happy with it. It has
given us confidence so we can count on the players on the field in
Canada was eliminated after failing to score a goal in any of
its three games, finishing 0-2-1.
”We have to be more realistic in our expectations,” Canada
coach Colin Miller said. ”We qualified for the World Cup in 1986,
I was part of that squad, and those guys were seasoned pros in
many, many ways. The problem that Canada has, and you saw it again
today, is in the attacking third. We’re almost running out of ideas
when we get into the attacking third while other countries tend to
Panama had several solid scoring chances.
Marcos Sanchez took a shot from 12 yards out in the opening
minutes but his kick sailed high and wide of the net.
At the 48-minute mark, Panama’s Jairo Jimenez fired a kick from
about 30 yards away that was heading straight for the net before
goalie Milan Borjan made a leaping save, deflecting the ball above
Jimenez had another opportunity in the late going but his kick
sailed over the net.
”We played these three games with a lot of desire,” Panama
captain Blas Perez said. ”We’ve got a lot of motivation and we’ll
see what happens coming up in the quarterfinals.”
Canada was hit by injuries to several key players, leading the
team to feature a more youthful roster during the tournament.
”I know this is a results business but where we’re at in terms
of the redevelopment phase we’re in, we’ve had pretty nice
successes,” Miller said. ”We’ve given our players opportunities
that they may not have had with their clubs.”