Guyana fall short again, Panama through to quarters

By June 22, 2019
Panama forward Gabriel Torres, bottom, celebrates with midfielder Alberto Quintero and midfielder Armando Cooper after scoring a goal during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Cleveland. Panama won 4-2. Panama forward Gabriel Torres, bottom, celebrates with midfielder Alberto Quintero and midfielder Armando Cooper after scoring a goal during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Cleveland. Panama won 4-2. AP Photo/David Dermer

Panama became the first team from Group D of the CONCACAF Gold Cup to make it to the quarterfinals after two goals in each half gave them a 4-2 win over Guyana at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. 

Guyana would go behind as early as the 16th minute through a goal from Abdiel Arroyo, but would get back into the game in the 33rd through a penalty, converted by Neil Danns.

Unfortunately for Guyana, who had already lost to the United States in their first outing, they would go behind again, this time courtesy of a Terence Vancooten own goal in the 40th minute.

Six minutes into the second half, Panama would earn a penalty of their own, with Eric Davis putting away the 51st-minute spot kick.

There would be more woes for the Caribbean side after Gabriel Torres put them 4-1 behind with his 86th-minute strike.

But Guyana, to their credit, never quit on the game and earned a second penalty in the third minute of time added on, an opportunity which Danns was on hand to, again put away.

The result means Panama now have a maximum six points from their two games and are atop the Group D.

The United States are second in the group on three points but they will be looking to join Panama on six with a win against the United States.

At press time, the United States were 0-0 with Trinidad and Tobago, who after a 2-0 loss to Panama in their opener, are desperate to get on the board to keep their hopes of a quarterfinal spot alive.

Guyana, with their second loss and one game to go against Panama, are virtually out.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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