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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 04:43 PM EDT

Panama Will Play Cuba Tomorrow Night At Home - Second Game Of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 CONCACAF Third Round Qualifying Matches

Sports Section While Panama has the table set to beat Cuba, El Salvador will be motivated to receive the visit by Mexico, to play on Tuesday the second round of games in the third stage of CONCACAF qualifying, enroute to the soccer World Cup Brazil 2014. Last Friday in the opening game of the qualifying round, the Panamanian Red Tide was placed top of Group C by beating Honduras on the road 2-0. This time, playing at the Rommel Fernandez Stadium, the Panamanians receive the Cuban team, which is already present with a hit after home loss to Canada (1-0). "We've shown we can win in any court," said the Panamanian coach. "The victory against Honduras filled us with confidence, but now we think of Cuba, and we will confront them with all respect because so far we have not achieved anything," said the Panamanian coach Julio Cesar Dely Valdes.

While the Panamanians live quiet moments, the last days have been stressful for the representative of Honduras, especially for coach, Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez, who was hit by a wave of criticism. Despite the environment, Suarez says he is calm in looking for solutions that will allow his team to beat Canada at the BMO Field stadium, and thus get into the fight for qualification to the next stage. "We are beaten, but not fallen. I don't know how much but against Canada we will have some variations. Just as Panama came to beat us at home, we can also do it, and there is still a long way to go," said Suarez.

Mexico will try to establish itself as the leader of Group B and leave behind their unconvincing win over Guyana (3-1). However, the day will not be easy for the Tricolor since in the Cuscatlan stadium they will play against El Salvador, which has grown with the result they rescued against Costa Rica (2-2), coming back from a two-goal deficit. "Mexico is the favorite to win this group, but they have to prove it on the court, and it would be absolutely negligent to say they already have a ticket for the next phase," said the Uruguayan Ruben Israel, the coach of the El Salvador team. In this group Guyana will host Costa Rica at the National Stadium in Georgetown.

On this date, the U.S. will try to keep the lead in Group A they took with a victory over Antigua and Barbuda (3-1), but to do so they will have to win in the Mateo Flores stadium in Guatemala, coming off a loss to Jamaica (2-1). The billboard will be completed with a match between Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica in the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Panama will be playing Cuba tomorrow night at home here in Panama City. While anything could happen, the best outcome for Panama would be if they could beat Cuba to earn another three points, for six total and the lead in Group C.It would be even better if they could spank the living shit out of Cuba and run the score up with six or seven goals in favor (good for a possible later tie breaker). Hopefully Honduras will beat Canada, because then both of those teams would have one win each and just three points, which would dilute the second place position somewhat. Canada actually looks pretty good so far. In the second round they won four games and tied two for 14 points and a +18 goals differential. But so far they have only beat Cuba 1-0, a sort of lackluster performance. What I'm hoping for is Panama to emerge in the dominate position in Group C, with both Honduras and Canada fighting for the second place spot, and Cuba as a whipping boy. Panama has "El Matador" Tejada back, which is good news as well.

A Peak Forward Towards The Fourth Round: If the third round were over today, the six teams advancing to the hex (fourth round) would be the United States and Jamaica from group A, Mexico and El Salvador from Group B, and Panama and Canada from Group C. Of those six, three would advance to the World Cup, the bottom two would be eliminated, and the fourth place team would have to fight for the ".5" spot against the winner of the Oceania Football Confederation - whoever turns out to be the best between New Caledonia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, and Tahiti. Anyway, Panama is looking pretty good, so you'd better learn to be "moving like Bernie..."





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