The Panama national team said goodbye to the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 2-1 loss to Tunisia, which meant they lost all the group matches, but won experience in their debut in a World Cup.
The team coached by Hernán Darío "Bolillo" Gómez led the way in the first minutes, generating the best goal chances, although they could not score until the 33rdminute, when José Luis Rodríguez kicked a ball that deflected Yassine Meriah to push it in own goal.
With one goal against, Tunisia began to multiply and broke the circuits of Panama, which was quickly cornered in their area, without enough determination to get rid of the Tunisians.
The Africans won the equalizer in the 51st minute, when Ben Youssef pushed a ball that he received from Wahbi Khazri in the center of the area. The comeback would be completed 15 minutes later with Khazri's goal.
Tunisia controlled the ball 70% of the time, leaving hardly any space for Panamanian counterattacks that generated danger to the goal defended by Aymen Mathlouthi.
Panama could not add its first point in a World Cup, but already learned what it means to be among the best teams in the world and what is required to compete face to face at that level, which is implied in physical and tactical work besides the planning of each match of the first round.
The Mordovia Arena witnessed the devotion of a team that debuted with joy and that filled a country with pride, despite the adverse results. Therefore, they can boast of having scored two goals, starting with Felipe Baloy before a power like England.
In the other match of the day, played in Kaliningrad, Belgium took advantage of a round trip to beat England 1-0, with a goal scored by Adnan Januzaj in the 51st minute to finish first in Group G, which will face Japan next Monday, July 2.