Panama Beat Dominica 5-0; Leads Group C in Second Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for FIFA World Cup
Saturday, October 08 2011 @ 12:58 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Panama won in similarly comfortable fashion, beating Dominica 5-0, with Amir White getting on the scoresheet twice for the visitors.
El Salvador stayed top of Group A with Mark Blanco's 66th-minute strike enough to earn them a 2-1 win over the Dominican Republic. Suriname beat the Cayman Islands 1-0 in the group's other fixture. Guyana netted two goals late on to surprise Barbados 2-0 away from home with Chris Nurse's 87th-minute goal making sure of the points. They top Group B ahead of Trinidad and Tobago who surrendered their perfect record with a 2-1 loss at Bermuda.
Puerto Rico and St Kitts and Nevis drew 1-1 in other Group D action, and Guatemala were comfortable 3-0 winners away to St Vincent and Grenadines. Mario Rodiguez scored twice for Guatemala. Belize were 4-1 losers at home to Grenada and Antigua, while Barbuda rounded out the results with a 1-0 win away to Curacao - Tamarley Thomas' 74th-minute goal was the difference between the two sides. (soccerway.com)
Editor's Comment: Panama now has two wins and six points in Group C, having defeated both Nicaragua and Dominica on the road. Their next game is on Tuesday, 11 October 2011, against Nicaragua at home here in Panama City. Their final second round game will be at home against Dominica on 15 November 2011. So, two wins, two more games, and on to the third round of qualifying. Only the six winners of each group in the second round will advance to the third round - all others are eliminated.