Panama Defeats Cuba And Stands Strong In The Gold Cup
Sunday, July 21 2013 @ 05:09 PM EDT
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The Panamanian team won against Cuba 6-1 in the quarterfinals after an aggressive game which made Cuba look really bad; by the end of the game they had 10 players in the field.
Gabriel Torres and Blas Perez scored two goals each, and Carlos Rodriguez and Jairo Jimenez scored one each, making history in favor of the Panamanian team.
"We won with six goals but we still need to improve certain things," said the coach Julio Dely Valdes, through a Tweet from the Panamanian Football Federation.
"The important thing was winning; the team worked hard and this means we feel good physically speaking," said Perez after the game, which took place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
"We have to keep believing (in the team), and we have to enjoy the moment, but we haven’t won anything yet and we must continue working with great humility; I believe our team can make it to the finals,” said Perez.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Gomez said they are taking it step by step and they were expecting Cuba to be a difficult team and the important thing is that the team didn’t take them for granted.
"We knew these were going to be 90 intense minutes; Cuba took the lead at the beginning but we managed to succeed and we did it pretty well,” said Gomez.
Gabriel Torres, who has scored five goals in the Gold Cup, said he was very happy because the team worked well through the entire game against Cuba, despite they were losing at first.
“The team had a great attitude and we left victorious. I am happy because I am helping the team,” said Torres.
The Panamanian team had its best performance in the CONCACAF 2005, when they were led by the Colombian coach Jose Cheche Hernandez; however, they lost in the final round of penalties against the U.S.
Now with Julio Dely Valdes they have the chance to go to the finals once again, but they have to overcome an obstacle first, on July 24 in Dallas. (Prensa)