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Gold Cup

  • June 19, 2011
  • • 6:00 PM
  • • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Referee: W. Quesada
  • • Attendance: 45424

Panama won 5 - 3 on penalties

Live Commentary

  • So after 120 minutes of pulsating action, it is Panama who advance to meet the USA in the Gold Cup semi-finals. Luis Tejada is the hero, netting an injury time equaliser to level the scores at 1-1 and send the tie to extra time before netting the winning penalty in the shoot out to ensure a 5-3 victory on spotkicks. We hope you enjoyed our live coverage here on
  • Tejada was the hero in normal time, can he do it again here? And he does, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 5-3 and to send his side through to the Gold Cup semi-finals.
  • Flores to keep El Salvador in it.... and he scores, sending the ball high into the top corner. He was coolness personified there.
  • Amilcar maintains Panama's advantage with another expertly taken penalty. 4-2.
  • Zelaya steps up for his third penatly of the night and makes it two out of three, firing a fantastic spotkick high into the net to make it 3-2.
  • Godoy fires across his body. Another decent penatly. 3-1.
  • Romero for El Salvador... scores. 2-1. Great penalty.
  • Renteria scores with another well placed penalty, 2-0 Panama.
  • Dennis Alas misses with a weak penalty for El Salvador.
  • Barahona scores. Slotting home to the keeper's right.
  • 120' + 9'
    Pen SO Goal L. Tejada
  • 120' + 8'
    Pen SO Goal A. Flores
  • 120' + 7'
    Pen SO Goal A. Henríquez
  • 120' + 6'
    Pen SO Goal R. Zelaya
  • 120' + 5'
    Pen SO Goal Aníbal Cesis Godoy
  • 120' + 4'
    Pen SO Goal O. Romero
  • 120' + 3'
    Pen SO Goal Luis Gabriel Rentería
  • 120' + 2'
    Pen SO Miss D. Alas
  • 120' + 1'
    Pen SO Goal N. Barahona
  • 120'
    Full time in extra time. It's penalties to decide who goes through the the semi-finals.
  • 119'
    There looks to be a lot tired players out there. We appear to be headed for the lottery - and drama - of penalty kicks.
  • 118'
    Yellow Card A. Henríquez
  • 118'
    Amilcar Henriquez is shown a yellow card. That has been coming after a few minutes of persistent fouling, particularly on Zelaya.
  • 116'
    That's ridiculous. Zelaya attempts to score a free-kick from the halfway line. The effort is terrible and sails behind the goal. That's a real waste and belies Zelaya's obvious talent.
  • 114'
    Romero wins a corner, knocking the ball off Amilcar Henriquez, and takes the kick himself. Unsurprisingly we see yet another poor flag kick as Penedo catches with ease.
  • 112'
    Amazing! Both Panama centre halves are denied by goalline blocks in the space of 20 seconds. First Baloy's powerful header is flipped away by Montes, then Torres' effort is cleared off the line by Romero. What drama!
  • 110'
    Fantastic challenge by Purdy, who slides in to cleanly take the ball away from the inrushing Machado. A really refined tackle.
  • 108'
    Zelaya bursts into the box and tries to drift inside Baloy. But the Panama captain makes a superb standing tackle to knock the ball behind for corner.
  • 106'
    The second half of extra time is underway. 15 minutes to go. Will there be an extra time winner?
  • 105' + 1'
    Tejada appears to be through on goal but is flagged offside and the whistle blows to bring the first half of extra time to a close.
  • 105'
    The game is becoming very scrappy now, and Zelaya hits the floor for the umpteenth time, winning his side a free-kick.
  • 103'
    Oooohhhhh! Amilcar Henriquez wins possession on the edge of the El Salvador box and lashes a stunning drive towards the top corner. The ball fizzes inches wide of the upright, to Henriquez's obvious despair. Stunning effort.
  • 101'
    Zelaya drills a poor free-kick straight into the defensive wall. A disappointing effort from what was a decent position.
  • 99'
    Barahona sends a looping corner towards the back post. Renteria hooks the ball back into the danger area. Torres, in turn, meets Renteria's return with a header but fails to generate enough power, leaving Montes with a simple task of catching the ball.
  • 97'
    Yellow Card Luis Gabriel Rentería
  • 97'
    Renteria follows up his shot on goal by picking up a booking less than sixty seconds later. The caution is fully deserved as he flies at Romero with both feet raised.
  • 96'
    Substitute Renteria cuts in off the left flank and goes on a mazy dribble across the El Salvador box before pulling the trigger. The shot is weak, though, and easily saved by Montes.
  • 94'
    Goalscorer Tejada draws a fine save from Montes with a rising drive from 25 yards. The strike packed a real punch and Montes showed great hands to not only save but catch the attempt.
  • 93'
    The stadium here still seems to be engulfed in a sense of disbelief at the goings on in the closing stages of the 90 minutes, in what was a truly amazing end to match.
  • 91'
    Kick-off! Extra time is now underway.
  • 90' + 3'
    Red Card B. Pérez
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow/Red L. Anaya
  • 90' + 3'
    In the ensuing mayhem both Panama's Perez and El Salvador's Anaya have been sent off!
  • 90' + 3'
    So with the final score ending 1-1 after Panama scored with what was virtually the last touch of the ball, we now head to 30 minutes of extra time to discover who will reach the semi-finals.
  • 90' + 2'
    Confusion has reigned for several minutes as the El Salvador players react with fury at the decision to give Tejada's goal. Their protestations fall on deaf ears, however, and the full-time whistle sounds to send the match into extra-time. What a dramatic end to the 90 minutes.
  • 90'
    Goal L. Tejada
  • 89'
    Goooallll! The referee has given a goal. Perez's cross was flicked into the air by Montes. Tejada bundled the ball towards goal and Montes clutched in the goal. Was it over the line? The referee says yes and it's 1-1.
  • 88'
    Panama coach Julio Dely Valdes cuts a frustrated and anxious figure on the touchline as he nervously takes another drink of water with his side on the brink of elimination.
  • 87'
    El Salvador make a change of their own. Flores replaces Jaime Alas.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionJaime Alas A. Flores
  • 85'
    SubstitutionLuis Alfonso Henriquez Luis Gabriel Rentería
  • 85'
    Another change for Panama, Renteria replaces Henriquez - a forward replaces a defender. This is a last throw of the dice for Panama.
  • 82'
    Ohh! Great save by Montes, who tips Barahona's powerful freekick over the crossbar.
  • 81'
    Yellow Card O. Romero
  • 80'
    SubstitutionA. Cooper Quintero
  • 80'
    SubstitutionG. Gómez Aníbal Cesis Godoy
  • 80'
    Panama coach Julio Dely Valdes responds to the goal with a change, Godoy replaces Gomez.
  • 78'
    Penalty Goal R. Zelaya
  • 78'
    Goooallllllll! Zelaya makes no mistake this time as he absolutely drills the ball straight down the middle and high into the roof of the net. 1-0 El Salvador.
  • 77'
    Yellow Card R. Torres
  • 77'
    Amazing! It's another penalty for El Salvador. Zelaya burst into the box onto Romero's pass and is tripped by Torres. Stonewall penalty this time.
  • 74'
    After his shaky start to the second half, Baloy has really grown in stature as the half has progressed. He stands his ground in face of Zelaya's feints and turns before easily dispossessing him.
  • 72'
    Zelaya looks desperate to make up for his first half penalty miss. He is having little success, however, as he sends a shot high, wide and not very handsome from 25 yards.
  • 70'
    Romero bustles across the front of the Panama box and flicks a neat lay off to Zelaya, whose finish is not quite accurate enough and ends up well wide of Penedo's right-hand post.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionE. Quintanilla A. Álvarez
  • 68'
    Fantastic block by Turcios. The El Salvador number five throws himself infront of Perez's close-range shot after Cooper's low cross deflects right into the Panama striker's path seven yards out.
  • 66'
    Tejada is in acres of space but drags a terrible shot wide of Montes' right-hand post. He really should have done much better.
  • 64'
    Wow! That was a hair's breadth from being an embarrassing own goal by Purdy. The El Salvador defender craned his neck back to meet a throw that had been flicked into the danger area, and the ball was a matter of inches from nestling in his own net.
  • 62'
    More commanding defending by Baloy, who throws out a leg to block Quintanilla's low drive.
  • 60'
    Poor play by Machado, whose careless control sees the ball run out of play in a dangerous position.
  • 58'
    Baloy makes an important interception by arcing back to use his head to flick Quintanilla's raking pass back to his goalkeeper.
  • 56'
    Ohhhh! So close. Zelaya flashes a free-kick from 22 yards inches over the crossbar. Penedo looks a relieved man as the ball skims the roof of his net.
  • 55'
    Perez, who is ever the opportunist, blasts off a snapshot that Montes weakly palms to his right and than smothers.
  • 54'
    Quintanilla swungs over the free-kick, but, yet again, the goalkeepers claims.
  • 53'
    Baloy will have to be careful here as he gives away a free-kick by pulling substitute Romero's shirt. He could easily have received a second yellow there.
  • 51'
    Yellow Card F. Baloy
  • 51'
    Panama captain Baloy is cautioned for his angry response after a tussle Dennis Alas.
  • 50'
    There's a real sense of deja vu here as Montes comes and clutches yet another poor Barahona corner.
  • 48'
    El Salvador have made a change at the break with Osael Romero replacing. Hernández.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionR. Hernández O. Romero
  • 46'
    El Salvador take centre to begin the second half.
  • Join us in just under 15 minutes, at 01:15 CET, for all the second half action and to find out just who will face the USA in the Gold Cup semi-finals.
  • 45' + 6'
    And there's the half-time whistle. We're goalless here in the last of the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals. Panama have goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to thank for that after he saved Rodolfo Zelaya's 23rd minute penalty.
  • 45' + 5'
    Yellow Card L. Anaya
  • 45' + 5'
    Anaya is cautioned for a cynical pull on Luis Tejada.
  • 45' + 3'
    Great turn inside the box by Zelaya but Roman Torres slides in with a perfectly timed tackle to expertly dispossess him - superb defending.
  • 45' + 1'
    It's the first of five minutes of added on time. Perez fires in another angled drive but from the opposite side this time. Anaya slides in to make a superb block, however.
  • 43'
    Ohhh! Great effort! Blas Perez fires over a stinging angled drive from just inside the El Salvador box which Montes parries and then claims at the second attempt.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card R. Hernández
  • 41'
    Hernandez is cautioned for a wild slide tackle on Cooper, who is sat on the turf still feeling the effects of the challenge.
  • 40'
    Cooper picks up the ball slightly to the right of the El Salvador box, does well to work a yard of space but his low drive is always going away from goal and fails to trouble Montes.
  • 38'
    It has been a few minutes of concerted Panama pressure. Cooper advances down the Panama right and fires over a low cross which deflects high into the air only to be claimed by Montes. He's had a very eventful last 10 minutes.
  • 36'
    Montes is still struggling to kick long and takes a short goalkick to defender Luis Anaya.
  • 35'
    Quintanilla flights over an inswinging left-footed free-kick from wide on the right, but true to the theme of the match, goalkeepers continue to come out on top as Penedo jumps highest to catch.
  • 33'
    Montes has no time to settle, however, as he is immediately called into action. He is forced to fly to his right to grasp Perez's acrobatic overhead kick from the edge of the box. Another decent save.
  • 31'
    The action is finally back underway after a fairly lengthy break. Montes appears to be fine but cannot take the subsequent goalkick.
  • 30'
    Montes continues to writhe in agony but should be able to continue.
  • 27'
    The action has been held up for a few minutes as El Salvador goalkeeper Miguel Montes receives treatment after a fairly innocuous incident in which his own player, Anaya, treads on his ankle.
  • 25'
    Justice appears to be done, as that was a very soft decision. Great save by Penedo, however.
  • 23'
    Penalty save J. Penedo
  • 23'
    Missed Penalty R. Zelaya
  • 23'
    Amazing! He's missed it! Zelaya strokes the penalty across his body, but Penedo guesses right and flies to his right to smother the spotkick.
  • 21'
    Penalty to El Salvador! Corrales is bundled over by Henriquez inside the box. The decision is a very soft one.
  • 20'
    Great claim. Montes comes and takes Barahona's outswing corner with the minimum of fuss. Both goalkeepers have been inpressive in the opening 20 minutes.
  • 18'
    Zelaya and Machado clash out on the touchline. Machado comes out on top and the ball runs behind for a goalkick. Good, strong defending.
  • 15'
    Free-kick to El Salvador. Alas clips over a teasing cross from tight on the byline, Steve Purdy leaps but his header is deflected over the crossbar for a corner which eventually comes to nothing.
  • 14'
    The action really is relentless here. No sooner had Penedo pulled off that superb stop than Panama had manufactured a chance of their own. However, Blas Perez's finish was poor. He watched as the ball dropped over his right shoulder but could only drag his shot wide.
  • 12'
    Good save! Jaime Penedo springs to his left to clutch Dennis Alas's swerving volley from just outside the box, really solid goalkeeping.
  • 11'
    El Salvador race straight up the other end and win a corner of their own. Quintanilla's kick is disappointing, however, and fails to clear the first man.
  • 9'
    Panama have corner, Nelson Barahaona whips over a wicked outswinger but Felipe Baloy sends the ball high over the crossbar. A decent opportunity goes begging.
  • 6'
    El Salvador looke to be utlising the left-hand side of the pitch. Quintanilla and Jaime Alas work a neat one-two and look to have a good understanding.
  • 4'
    The match has started at an electric pace, with the action swinging from end to end.
  • 2'
    Ohhhh! The action swings to the other end and Armando Cooper fires off a swerving, dipping strike which El Salvador goalkeeper Miguel Montes does superbly well to beat away to safety.
  • 1'
    Less than 30 seconds gone and El Salavador make an electric start. Full-back Xavier Garcia breaks down the right wing but overhits his cross.
  • 1'
    Kick-off! Panama get the action underway.
  • The teams emerge from the tunnel to a rapturous reception. We are minutes from kick-off here in the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington.
  • El Salvador: M. Montes; L. Anaya, S. Purdy, V. Turcios, M. García, R. Hernández, D. Alas, J. Alas, E. Quintanilla, R. Zelaya, R. Corrales.
  • Team-lines: Panama: J. Penedo; F. Baloy, L. Henríquez, R. Torres, A. Machado, G. Gómez, N. Barahona, A. Henríquez, A. Cooper, L. Tejada, B. Pérez.
  • Hello and welcome to's live coverage of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final between Panama and El Salvador. The winners of this tie meet tournament hosts USA in the semi-finals after they defeated Jamaica 2-0 earlier this evening. We are just under 15 minutes from kick-off, so stay with us here on Goal for all the action as it happens.