Crucial Panama World Cup qualifying goal doesn't actually cross line

Crucial Panama World Cup qualifying goal doesn't actually cross line

Crucial Panama World Cup qualifying goal doesn't actually cross line

USA's shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with Panama's 88th minute victor from Roman Torres to beat Costa Rica, meant the team from Central America finished third in the North/Central American qualifying and have booked their place in Russian Federation.

Commentators in the U.S. have been going nuts about the national soccer team missing out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and here's part of the reason why.

Unused substitute José González contributed to his country qualifying for their first World Cup with victory over Costa Rica - for which the President immediately declared a national holiday.

The equalising goal came into the box from a corner and deflected off of Gabriel Torres' backside before hitting the inside of the far post.

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Roman Torres went on to score the victor in the 88th minute and send Panama to their first World Cup as a result, while the USMNT finished fifth in the Hexagon and just a single point off the interconfederation play-off.

Referee, Walter Lopez of Guatemala, decided that the ball had crossed the line and gave the goal.

Those on the pitch used every possible opportunity to waste away a few precious seconds to deny Costa Rica a chance of an equaliser. and those standing off the pitch also played their part, too.

With Costa Rica chasing the game following the late goal, the ball went out for a throw-in.

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Their place at a eighth successive World Cup had been under threat since they
succumbed to home losses at the hands of Mexico and Costa Rica last November.

"We are going to the World Cup, damn it!" read the front page of Critica newspaper.

An unlikely sequence of results elsewhere in their qualifying group meant a win would be enough to seal their place in next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

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