Panama comes home after initial World Cup appearance


Tunisia won its first match in 40 years; A 2-1 triumph over Panama, in a clash at the Morrovia Arena in Saransk, Russia.

The Panamanians began with vigor. With his mind set on leaving with a triumph in his first World Cup adventure, coach Hernán Darío Gómez sent a team with good movement on the wings, but with only one attacker.

The tactics, nevertheless, maintained leveled the cartons until the 33 minutes, when a strong shot of Jose Luis Rodriguez, that struck in the Tunisian Yassine Meriah, nestling in own door.

For the second time, coach Hernán Darío Gómez made a surprising move, by removing the only Panamanian forward, Gabriel Torres, for defender Harold Cummings; the change was taken by the Tunisians as a signal that Panama wanted to maintain the result, so it launched into attack immediately.

This reading paid off to the African team, as Ben Youssef tied the game in the 55th minute and then Wahbi Kharzi scored the winner ten minutes later.

In that interim, Panama lost its captain and symbolic figure, defender Román Torres, who was visibly injured by his knee.



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