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2 vs 0
Played
September 11, 2012 9:05 PM EDT
Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez — Ciudad de Panamá
Referee:‬ E. Bonilla‎
Attendance:‬ 20000‎
 
23′ R. Blackburn
 
57′ B. Pérez
 
Top of the Match
Quintero
Quintero
Panama
G. Gómez
G. Gómez
Panama
Flop of the Match
David Edgar
David Edgar
Canada
Dwayne De Rosario
Dwayne De Rosario
Canada

Panama 2-0 Canada: Reds come undone

Panama cruised to a 2-0 victory over Canada on Tuesday in Panama City and the Reds' advancement to the Hex now becomes substantially more arduous.

By Nick Sabetti

Panama's Rolando Blackburn (L) celebrates with teammate Roman Torres, after scoring against Canada
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After beating Panama at BMO Field in Toronto on Friday, Canada was brought back down to earth on Tuesday as Panama responded with a 2-0 win at Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez Stadium in Panama City.

Rolando Blackburn scored the opener in the first half and Blas Perez sealed the deal for Panama in the second.

Seven minutes into the first half the game was delayed after lights went out in the stadium. The game finally resumed following a 15 minute wait, but Canada needed to continue without its most menacing attacker, Dwayne De Rosario, who picked up an injury and was forced to come off early.

Despite Canada’s weakened attack, it was the Reds who were dangerous first when, in the 24th minute, Marcel De Jong’s shot from a bad angle narrowly brushed past the Panama goal.

The home side quickly responded a minute later when Alberto Quintero’s shot from inside the Canada box was kept out by Lars Hirschfield.

In the 38th minute, Panama found the breakthrough. Forward Rolando Blackburn headed the ball past Hirschfield from a corner kick.

Canada tried to respond in the second half with some more insistent attacking play, but to no avail.

Panama doubled its lead and put the game beyond doubt in the 57th minute with Blas Perez beating Hirschfield after the home side easily broke through the right hand side of Canada’s defense.

The win puts Panama back into first place in Group C. Canada and Honduras are tied in second on seven points. The loss means that, in its final two matches, Canada will need to beat Cuba and then get a positive result away to Honduras in order to qualify to the final Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualification.

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Panama

18
J. Penedo
Goalkeeper
3.00
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E. Dasent
Defender
3.50
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F. Baloy
Defender
3.50
25
3.50
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R. Torres
Defender
3.50
11
Armando Cooper
Midfielder
23′ 86′
3.00
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Quintero
Midfielder
57′ 75′
4.00
-
G. Gómez
Midfielder
3.50
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A. Henríquez
Midfielder
3.00
7
B. Pérez
Striker
57′
3.00
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R. Blackburn
Striker
23′ 69′
3.50

Canada

3.00
13
3.00
-
2.50
6
Ante Jazic
Defender
2.00
15
David Edgar
Defender
78′
2.50
23
2.50
13
3.00
14
3.00
-
2.50
17
Marcel de Jong
Midfielder
2.00
8
2.50
10
K. Jackson
Striker

Substitutes

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L. Mejía
Goalkeeper
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-
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Jean Cedeño
Midfielder
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-
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-
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J. Pérez
Midfielder
 - 
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M. Sánchez
Midfielder
 - 
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N. Barahona
Midfielder
86′
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E. Aguilar
Striker
 - 
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L. Tejada
Striker
 - 
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Y. Glaize
Striker
75′
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Substitutes

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13
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Milan Borjan
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
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-
 - 
25
 - 
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Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
 - 
4
 - 
8
Pedro Pacheco
Midfielder
79′
2.50
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1