Mexico Gold Cup Victory provides a bright spot during brutal Summer

Mexico vs Panama game: Mexico won its ninth Gold Cup championship on Sunday at SoFi Stadium, defeating Panama 1-0 courtesy to a late winner from Santiago Giménez, who came in just four minutes after being introduced.

Panama got out to a fast start, spending much of the first half in the attacking third, including a second-minute combination play from Adalberto Carrasquilla and Ismael Daz, but the momentum shifted midway through the first half. Mexico had its greatest scoring chance of the game in the 43rd minute, when Luis Romo and Jorge Sánchez took one after the other from close range, but Panama goalkeeper Orlando Mosquera made point-blank saves to preserve the score equal at halftime.

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Mexico, on the other hand, started taking control of the game in the second half, even if a go-ahead goal was difficult to come by. El Tri began to control the game by the 60th minute and came close to scoring when Mosquera saved Uriel Antuna’s. Later in the half, Panama had some offensive phases, but Mexico’s defense handled them with ease.

Some of Mexico’s greatest chances came on either side of a controversial decision in the 63rd minute, when referee Hector Martinez sent Panama’s Harold Cummings a second yellow card for what appeared to be a foul on Orbelin Pineda. Martinez rescinded the sentence and the contest restarted about a minute later.

Giménez scored in the 88th minute to give the champs the lead. Pineda crossed the ball to the 22-year-old, who sprinted into the centre of the box and beat Mosquera.

Mexico vs Panama Final Score

Mexico vs Panama: Gold Cup Final

During a brutal summer, Mexico’s Gold Cup win brings some respite. After losing 3-0 against the United States men’s national team in the Nations League semifinals, the squad sacked head coach Diego Cocca after only seven games in charge. Jaime Lozano took over as temporary coach during the continental tournament and may consider his first significant duty a success.

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