At the most prestigious continental tournament for teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, the Mexico national team reached the final. The Mexicans confidently beat Jamaica 3-0 and can win their ninth Gold Cup title.
“El Tri” laid the groundwork for this in the first half hour. Two minutes later Henri Martin scored the lead, and in the 30th minute Luis Chavez added a direct free kick.
Chavez’s wonderful free kick hits the top
United States despair of Panama goalkeeper
In the duel between seven-time winners USA and away side Panama, no goals were scored in regular time. In overtime, the Soccer Boys equalized in the 105th minute to make it 1-1.
Because it stayed that way, the match had to be decided by a penalty shootout. There, Panamanian goalkeeper Orlando Mosquera became a hero with two penalty kicks saved. On Sunday, Panama is seeking its first Gold Cup title against Mexico in only its third final.
The decisive penalty kick from Panama Carrasquilla
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