Panama struck late in the first half, and then added a couple more goals in the second, to power to a 3-0 victory over Martinique on Saturday afternoon at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium. The result not only sent Los Canaleros to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, but also booked the passages of the US, Mexico, and Jamaica to the final eight as well.
The teams had played a relatively even first half until New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo opened the scoring in the 44th minute, heading home a cross from New York City FC man Miguel Camargo after a corner. Goals in the 60th and 67th minute by Abdiel Arroyo and Gabriel Torres, respectively, put the game away.
- 44' – PAN – Michael Murillo
- 60' – PAN – Abdiel Arroyo
- 67' – PAN – Gabriel Torres
SHOULD WE ADD YELLOW TO THE KIT?
Martinique took playing physically to another level with five, count 'em, five yellow cards. That's a lot of yellow cards in one game, no? Panama had two, though they did commit more fouls (16-15) than their opponents.
Panama (4-4-2, left to right): #12 Jose Calderon (GK) -- #15 Luis Ovalle, #23 Roberto Chen, #5 Fidel Escobar, #2 Michael Murillo -- #18 Miguel Camargo, #20 Anibal Godoy (Yoel Barcenas, 70'), #6 Gabriel Gomez, #11 Armando Cooper -- #9 Gabriel Torres (Ismael Diaz, 72'), #22 Abdiel Arroyo
Martinique (4-3-3, left to right): #23 Kevin Olimpa (GK) -- #3 Antoine Jean-Baptiste (Yoann Arquin, 57'), #21 Sebastien Cretinoir, #8 Jordy Delem, #5 Karl Vitulin – #20 Stephane Abaul, #13 Christof Jougon (Yann Gregory Thimon, 68'), #18 Jean-Emmanuel Nedra -- #11 Johan Audel (Daniel Herelle, 33'), #17 Kevin Parsemain, #10 Steeven Langil