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Panama they need a big win and a lot of help in their last group match in the Gold Cup against grenade Tuesday from the Exploria Stadium.
The Red Tide lost 3-2 to Honduras on Saturday, while Granada was officially eliminated with a second consecutive 4-0 loss.
The Panamanians have been the model for consistency in the Gold Cup group stage, advancing to at least the quarterfinals in each of their eight previous tournaments, but that streak is in serious jeopardy this time.
Panama appeared to be in control against Honduras on Saturday, leading 2-1 at the half, but they got complacent in the second half and conceded two goals in four minutes, and now have just one point from two games.
While very attractive to watch, the open attack style of soccer may not have been the most successful formula for Thomas Christiansen and his team in their first two games against two teams with many offensive powerhouses.
Now they have no choice but to throw caution to the wind and try to score often against Granada in their last match, as they need Qatar to lose their last match, and they need to win by at least five goals if they want to maintain their quarter-final streak. intact.
Since losing their last group stage match at the 2018 World Cup, 2-1 to Tunisia, the Panamanians have never lost a match by scoring first, although they have not won a match by conceding the first match since their last qualifying match for the World Cup in 2017 vs Costa Rica, winning that game again 2-1.
After allowing four goals in their first match of this tournament, Granada followed up with another poor performance against Qatar, losing by the same score.
Perhaps the best news for them heading into their last match of the group stage is that this will be their last match of this competition, a tournament that has shown them how far they have to go to be competitive in this region.
Granada had just 36% possession in their second match at this tournament as they were outscored 21-5 and allowed nine shots on target, so the fact that they only allowed four goals could be a minor miracle in itself. .
Manager Michael Findlay He backed his team after their 4-0 loss to Honduras, saying they were full of confidence and their future was bright, but after suffering a second uneven defeat, one has to wonder if that confidence has been affected.
If they can find a way to get their first Gold Cup win on Tuesday, it will be considered a successful tournament, but history is not on their side as they have lost all eight matches they have played in this competition. and they have been outscored 33-1.
Panama right back Eric Davis scored from the penalty spot for the second game in a row, while the 25-year-old Cesar Yanis scored his first international goal in a loss to Honduras.
Christiansen made a change to the back four on Saturday, with Roderick miller replacing Richard Peralta at the start 11.
His third all-time top scorer, Gabriel Torres, has yet to see the field in this competition.
Jamal charles came in as a substitute against Qatar, with the third top scorer in Granada history now without a goal in their last six games.
Findlay went with the same back four he did in his first match, and produced the same result, while Jason belfon started in goal, but couldn’t do better than his predecessor Reice Charles-Cook.
Midfielder AJ Paterson has been one of the only bright spots for this team in this tournament, playing the full 90 minutes of both matches, while Dejon Noel-Williams He started as the only striker against Honduras, but could not get the service necessary to have quality opportunities.
Possible starting lineup of Panama:
Mejía; Palacios, Peralta, Cummings, Davis; Cooper, Yanis; Rodríguez, Machado; Blackburn, Fajardo
Possible starting lineup of Granada:
Belfon; Sterling, Pierre, Paul, Ettienne; Charles-Cook, Norburn, Paterson, McQueen; Lewis, Charles
Correct Score: Panama 3-0 Granada
Given what Panamanians must do to have a chance to advance, don’t expect to see them show mercy to the Spice Boys in this game.
Granada came into this tournament losing to a team ranked 20 places below them in the FIFA world rankings in Montserrat, and they have only fired five shots on goal in their two group games at this Gold Cup.
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