Panama lost to Norway in last friendly before the World Cup

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  • EFE

The Panamanian football team lost 1-0 against their Norwegian counterpart in the final preparation match before their debut at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, in which the Europeans took advantage of a defense oversight in the opening minutes.

The only goal of the match was scored by Joshua King in the fourth minute, taking advantage of an inattention of Eric Davis and Román Torres in the coverage, as well as a bad intervention by Jaime Penedo, who could have done better against the Norwegian attacker's shot.

They were minutes in which to the selection of the isthmus it cost to stop well in the field of the Ulevaal Stadium of Oslo and the goal was a relief for the impetus that the premises showed from the initial whistle.

Panama would settle later and after assimilating the goal, tried to draw on court the tactical scheme drawn by coach Hernán Darío "Bolillo" Gómez.

However, the arrivals to the goal defended by the goalkeeper Grytebust were few in the first half, and although in the second half they increased thanks to the six changes implemented by the coach, there was no greater danger for the Norwegians.

That was one of the points highlighted by Bolillo Gómez, who indicated that order was lost and shot at goal, a pending issue in the face of what will be participation in Russia 2018, especially against Belgium.

"We were not embarrassed, he had mistakes, but he has things to improve," said the national coach after the match was concluded.

Panama showed two faces, especially with the changes, in which Amir Murillo entered by Adolfo Machado, Alberto Quintero by José Luis Rodríguez, Gabriel Torres by Yoel Bárcenas, Harold Cummings by Román Torres, Ismael Díaz by Blas Pérez and Valentín Pimentel by Gabriel Gómez, with which the goal was sought more and even the opportunity of the tie was had.

The national team closes its friendly cycle with a score of zero goals in favor, eight against, a draw against Northern Ireland and defeats against Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.


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