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Played
June 14, 2011 7:00 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ W. Lopez‎
Attendance:‬ 20109‎
 
62′ (PG) Dwayne De Rosario
L. Tejada 90+1′
Top of the Match
Dwayne De Rosario
Dwayne De Rosario
Canada
Dwayne De Rosario
Dwayne De Rosario
Canada
Flop of the Match
Milan Borjan
Milan Borjan
Canada
L. Mejía
L. Mejía

Canada 1-1 Panama: Canada blows opportunity to secure a spot in the quarterfinals

Dwayne De Rosario put Canada ahead in the second half, but Panama put the pressure on late and scored the equalizer in extra time.

By Mike Slane

Canada vs. Panama, Blas Perez, Gold Cup 2011
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KANSAS CITY - Oh, Canada was so close to securing a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Canucks looked like they were on their way to advancing in the Gold Cup after Dwayne De Rosario knocked in a penalty kick in the second half against Panama, but Luis Tejada snuck in the equalizer in injury time to end the night with a 1-1 draw at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

"Football is a cruel mistress," Canada coach Stephen Hart said. "It breaks your heart and it's a lie because sometimes the better team doesn't win. We should have done better. We have no excuse."

Canada needed the United States to lose to Guadeloupe in the second game of the doubleheader to stay alive, but the Americans were able to pull out a 1-0 win. Panama, which beat the U.S. last weekend, secured first place in Group C.

"Everybody is devastated about what happened," Hart said. "We just have to pick our heads up going into World Cup qualification and be a little bit more efficient, especially in front of the goal."

De Rosario scored on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after he was taken down in the box moments earlier. The midfielder went left as goalkeeper Luis Mejia guessed right to put Canada on the board after a back-and-forth first half.

But that was all Canada had before Panama took control.

After initially responding well to Panama's attack, the Canucks faced several nervy moments. Panama had them on their heels and it was only a matter of time before Panama would put one past goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who started for the second straight game.

Perez's strike came in the 91st after the referee added three minutes of penalty time. Perez tiptoed the ball past Borjan from just a few feet away.

"I don't think we did a good enough job of keeping the ball and making them work to get it," Hart said. "They were throwing numbers forward and we just couldn't get hold of the ball for any length of time, any period of time. Unfortunately, that happened."

De Rosario, who was named the Miller Lite Man of the Match, has two goals in the tournament. The disappointed player refused to talk to the media before heading out of the stadium.

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Canada

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Milan Borjan
Goalkeeper
1.50
-
3.50
23
Kevin McKenna
Defender
3.00
-
Andre Hainault
Defender
3.00
25
Nikolas Ledgerwood
Midfielder
3.00
-
3.00
-
Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
58′
3.00
4
Will Johnson
Striker
85′
3.50
-
Joshua Simpson
Midfielder
51′ 73′
3.00
14
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
62′
4.00
10
K. Jackson
Striker
3.50

Panama

2.50
-
L. Mejía
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
E. Dasent
Defender
3.00
-
3.00
25
2.00
-
E. Bonaga
Midfielder
61′ 79′
3.50
-
F. Baloy
Defender
3.00
-
G. Gómez
Midfielder
2.50
25
Erick Davis
Midfielder
3.00
-
Quintero
Midfielder
67′
3.00
7
B. Pérez
Striker
62′

Substitutes

13
0.00
-
Jaime Peters
Midfielder
0.00
8
Pedro Pacheco
Midfielder
85′
3.00
16
Rob Friend
Striker
0.00
10
Ali Gerba
Striker
0.00
-
3.00

Substitutes

0.00
-
Kevin Melgar
Goalkeeper
0.00
32
H. Cummings
Defender
0.00
-
Aramis Haywood
Midfielder
3.00
11
Armando Cooper
Midfielder
67′
3.00
-
0.00
-
R. Addles
Striker
4.00
-
L. Tejada
Striker
71′ 91′

Coach/Manager

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3.50

Coach/Manager

 
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