Torres scores late, Mexico beats Panama 1-0

March 28, 2012

Erick Torres scored a one minute into stoppage time and Mexico beat Panama 1-0 Tuesday night to win its group in Olympic qualifying get within a win of London.

Mexico struggled to break through the Panama defense throughout the match, but the Chivas midfielder sent Mexico to its third straight win and a matchup against Canada on Saturday in Kansas City, Kan.

Both tournament finalists will represent North and Central America and the Caribbean in the London Games.

Following consecutive group stage victories, coach Luis Fernando Tena rested stars Marco Fabian and Alan Pulido, opting to retain just four starters from the group that defeated Honduras last Sunday.


That helped Panama control wide stretches of the match, but Mexican goalkeeper Liborio Sanchez preserved the draw until late.