The Panamanian women's soccer team will have to think out of the box at home, in the second leg of the playoff that they dispute against Argentina for the World Cup in the category.
The “canaleras” traveled to Buenos Aires where they returned with a 4-0 defeat that weighs like a tombstone. They did not contribute anything offensively and gave in to a team that knew how to multiply on the court and to demand the best from goalkeeper Yenith Bailey.
In the end it was the “gauchas” who took the victory - with two goals from Eliana Stábile and one from Yamila Rodríguez and Mariana Larroquette - and half a ticket to next year's World Cup in France.
At home, this Tuesday, the offensive aspect will have to improve a lot to try to overcome that disadvantage of four goals, but they must also work on the defensive aspect to avoid falling, as in Argentina, in the unnecessary counterattack.
The absence of Linedth Cedeño and Katherine Castillo will be felt, expelled for more physical contact than necessary, and that will force a reorganization of the entire team.
One aspect that will be emphasized by coach Víctor Suárez is that of concentration. As he pointed out at a press conference, that was one of the key aspects in Panama’s defeat, since they could not become a better team than the locals.
Now at home and with a 4-0 against, Suarez must show a successful team, which is obliged to attack from early on and from all angles; against an Argentina that will not want to miss the opportunity to return to an appointment to which it has not reached in the last 12 years.
The second leg will be played on Tuesday at eight o'clock at night at the Rommel Fernández stadium, where the girls hope to receive all the support in their attempt to turn the first leg and get the historic ticket to the World Cup.