Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Panama 2 - Honduras 0

Panama, winners of four points from two matches against Honduras in the previous phase of qualifying, welcomed Honduras for a second time in the 2014 FIFA World Cup to Panama City.  Last time around, the teams played to a 0-0 draw, but that was guaranteed not to be the case after only sixty seconds.  After Blas Perez's initial shot was blocked, Marcos Sanchez gathered the rebound.  He put a through ball in for Leonel Parris, who immediately laced a ball across the six-yard box to Luis Tejada (pictured, red) for the finish and a quick-strike 1-0 lead for Panama.  Honduras had a solid chance to equalize on twenty minutes, but Carlo Costly sent his header into the crossbar.  Honduras put in plenty of teasing crosses into the opening forty-five minutes, but Costly's crossbar was their only true shot at goal.  The half ended with La Marea Roja on top 1-0.

Just after the restart, Costly again had a chance to equalize and a turnover from Panama, but Panama second-string goalkeeper Luis Mejia made the save diving toward his far post.  Panama in all honesty had the lesser of the chances, but they made their few opportunities count on the scoreboard.  Sanchez beat his defender to the endline and cut a pass back to Perez, but Perez blasted just wide of goal.  However, with a quarter hour left in the match, La Marea Roja had a second goal.  Nelson Barahona sent in a driven through ball from the midfield stripe that put Perez in behind the three-man Catracho defensive line.  Perez shot unimpeded from the top of the half circle, and his strike was true and in the net to give Panama a two-goal advantage.  Anibal Godoy nearly made it three, but his strike to the near post was knocked aside by flying Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.  Panama win 2-0.

Luis Tejada 2
Blas Perez 75

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