Panama's players (L-R) Harold Cummings, Roman Torres, Roberto Chen and Juan Perez acknowledge the crowd after defeating Mexico in their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game in Pasadena, California July 7, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Mexico lost to Panama in its first game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013.
The loss was the latest in a laundry list of struggles that El Tri has endured throughout 2013. The team has won one game in six tries during the World Cup qualifiers and was defeated by two Mexican club teams in preparation for this tournament. The squad was also embarrassed at the Confederations Cup a few weeks ago.
However, this loss to Panama might be the worst by far. The Gold Cup is usually known as a competition between the USA, Mexico, and everyone else with the two favorites expected to meet in the final. While the loss does not mean this outcome is no longer possible, it simply highlights how poor that team has performed under coach Jose "Chepo" de la Torre.
The Mexicans dominated possession throughout the game but Gabriel Torres scored his first of two goals just seven minutes in to give Panama a 1-0 lead. El Tri managed to draw even just before half, but the effort was made null and void when Torres scored three minutes into the second half to hand Mexico a 2-1 loss.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their frustration and elation on the match.
@texashsfootball : Canada loses to a fake country and Mexico loses to Panama.. what is with CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A?!?!
@sdutzeigler : Mexico still trailing Panama 2-1 with 10 minutes left before 65k at Rose Bowl. Should be hearing the "Fuera Chepo" chants any moment now.
@skillful_pipa : Mi Love how Panama Beat Mexico and Martique beat canada today inna di #GoldCup
@dancemusiclabel : What! Panama beats Mexico! I am proud for my home country! Dale