Wednesday, June 19 2013 @ 06:19 PM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
This result does not take Panama’s team out of the competition of classifying for the World Cup, but it does complicate the situation because their results were mostly ties or defeats.
The Panamanian coach Julio Dely Valdes has not lost his faith and will not give up on trying to get to the third place.
After the game on Tuesday night, Dely Valdes said June was not a good month for the Panamanian team and they have to finish this chapter and work harder for the next game in September.
"It was a strange game, a little weird. In the first half we could have been able to score one goal, we were slightly better than Costa Rica, but we couldn’t," said Dely Valdes.
"In the second half, Costa Rica did everything we couldn’t do in the first half. We have to end this chapter and think about the future."
In the qualifying round of CONCACAF there were three games in June and Panama tied with no goals with Mexico, then lost against the U.S. and then against Costa Rica; Panama lost 2-0 in the last two games.
"We have to get over this fast and look forward to our next game: the World Cup and get back in track. Now we are forced to win at home,” he said.
Dely Valdes said Panama still has options because they are only two points away from being in third place.
"If we really want to achieve our goal of going to the World Cup we need to fix some things."
During the first half, Panama had good chances to score, but Panama was not able to do anything.
Luis Tejada and Roman Torres were very close to score, and in one occassion the ball stoke the post after Armando Cooper attempted to score a goal.
Costa Rica had its chance and was able to score two goals. One of them was scored at the 49th minute by Bryan Ruiz and the other one at the 53rd minute by Celso Borges.
These two goals changed the whole scenario and the Costa Rican players started dominating the field, despite the desire and motivation to win directed by the Panamanian coach Julio Dely Valdes.
By the end of the match the players were shoving each other due to some strong plays in the final minutes of the game.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Following the results from Tuesday, the United States (the U.S. beat Honduras 1-0) is dominating the qualifying round of the CONCACAF with 13 points, while Costa Rica has 11 points.
Mexico is in third place with 8 points, Honduras is in fourth place with 7 points, then Panama with 6 and Jamaica with 2.
The next game for Panama will be on September 6, here in Panama, against Jamaica. The team is eager to win in order to stay in the competition.
For this game, the national team will not count with Blas Perez and the defender Felipe Baloy, due to their suspension.
The qualifying round of CONCACAF gives three automatic places in the World Cup Brazil 2014, while the fourth place will go to a playoff against New Zealand, the best team in Oceania. (Prensa)