World Cup Qualifying: Panama vs Mexico – Recap and Highlights

el triMexico and Panama both remained unbeaten in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after playing out a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night.

The weather and field conditions made things a bit difficult but it was the home team who looked better throughout the match. Mexico was unable to string together a second straight away victory while Panama will be somewhat disappointed not to have captured all three points.

The hosts had the lion’s share of opportunities in the first half, with eight shots to Mexico’s one, and they had their first good chance in just the 8th minute, when Gabriel Torres sent his shot wide after receiving the ball in the box.

Torres had another chance in the 15th minute, but Jonathan dos Santos was able to make the block.

Mexico’s midfield was disorganized and largely ineffective, and Juan Carlos Osorio made a halftime substitution as he looked to give El Tri more bite. They did have a few good looks in the second half, but the balance of play continued to favor Panama.

Blas Pérez and Luis Tejada both tested Memo Ochoa, but the goalkeeper was able to make all the saves he needed to in order to keep the hosts off the board.

There was no late drama in this one as both teams seemed satisfied to split the spoils.

With the 0-0 draw, Panama and Mexico both reach four points.

Highlights

Hexagonal Standings

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Costa Rica 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
2 Mexico 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
3 Panama 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
4 Honduras 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
5 Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0
6 United States 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0

Lineups

Panama: Jaime Penedo, Adolfo Machado, Román Torres, Fidel Escobar, Luis Ovalle, Édgar Bárcenas (Alejandro Taylor 76′), Gabriel Gómez (Aníbal Godoy 80′), Amílcar Henríquez, Alberto Quintero, Blas Pérez, Gabriel Torres (Luis Tejada 78′).

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Néstor Araujo, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes (Jesús Dueñas 46′), Miguel Layún, Jonathan dos Santos, Rafael Márquez (Héctor Herrera 73′), Marco Fabián, Giovani dos Santos (Hirving Lozano 59′), Javier Hernández, Raúl Jiménez. 

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