Mexico made it two wins out of two as they downed Panama 3-1 on Tuesday night. The victory moves Mexico into sole possession of first place in Group B, while Panama and Bermuda remain tied on three points.
Panama was hoping to provide a steeper test than Bermuda did this past Friday, but Mexico looked comfortable from the start. After enjoying the majority of possession, El Tri took the lead in the 28th minute through Roberto Alvarado, whose shot from the top of the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.
But Mexico gifted Panama a foothold in the game in the 42nd minute, when the unfortunate Carlos Salcedo sent the ball into his own net while attempting to cut out a cross from Édgar Bárcenas to make it 1-1 going into halftime.
Mexico continued to dominate possession and chances, but they couldn’t turn those opportunities into goals. They also had an injury scare when Hirving Lozano was carried off the field in the 62nd minute after an apparent ankle injury; he was subbed out of the game, but was later seen walking unassisted.
Despite all their chances, it was starting to look like it might be a frustrating night for Mexico when José Juan Macías found the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute.
Retaking the lead lifted the pressure off Mexico, who looked more fluid in the final stages. Rodolfo Pizarro then sealed the victory with a goal in stoppage time after a fortunate deflection brought the ball right into his path.
With the 3-1 win, Mexico reaches six points while Panama still has three.