The Panamanian team presented itself if its coach, the Spanish-Danish Thomas Christiansenand some of its best players in Thursday’s friendly against Argentina at the River Plate stadium, where Leo Messi and his teammates had a great party for the World Cup won in December in Qatar. The game ended with a 2-0 victory for the albiceleste.
Christiansen, who came to play a couple of games with the Spanish team and played in Barça B, Sporting Gijón, Osasuna, Racing Santander, Oviedo, Villarreal and Terrassa among other teams, he did not go to Argentina because he did not want to be distracted from his main objective: to qualify Panama for the semifinals of the CONCACAF Nations League.
And the play has not gone bad. Panama gained access to the Final Four of the competition by defeating Costa Rica in the decisive match (0-1) at dawn on Wednesday thanks to a solitary goal from Jose Fajardo in the 76th minute. With this victory the team of Christiansen the first place in group B was awarded with 10 points, while the ‘ticos’ finished with 6.
United States and Mexico, the other semifinal
Now Panama will face Canada in the semifinals on June 15 in a single match that will take place in Las Vegas, site of the Final Four. Then the same day they will meet in the other tie The United States, current champion of the tournament and host, and Mexico. The final will take place three days later.
Mexico achieved first place in group A, with 8 points, after getting the draw it needed (2-2) against Jamaica on Sunday at the Azteca stadium, against Jamaica, second with 6.
Double for Larin (Valladolid), historic scorer
In group C, Canada thrashed Honduras (4-1) early Tuesday morning and finished first with 9 points, three more than its rival. Cyle Larin, Valladolid striker, scored a double that confirms him as the all-time top scorer for the North American team with 28 goals and he was able to achieve a ‘hat trick’ if he had not missed a penalty. Jonathan David (Lille) scored a goal.
Finally, in group D. The United States, already with guaranteed qualification, beat El Salvador (1-0) and finished with 10 points to five of its rival.