To Russia! Is the phrase that is repeated today in the euphoric press of Panama to summarize the historic classification, direct and for the first time, of the Central American country to a final phase of the Football World Cup.
Panama America opened its cover with a full-page photo of captain Román Torres celebrating the goal that put his country in Russia 2018, and titled: ¡To Rusia! after a "suffered classification" by the victory against Costa Rica 2-1, on Tuesday night at the national stadium Rommel Fernandez.
"Defender Román Torres scored the winning goal and celebrated at the top of his lungs."
"Panama's First World Cup!" opened the La Estrella de Panama, with a photo that reflects the emotional embrace between Torres and coach of the selection, Colombia's Hernán Darío "Bolillo" Gomez, after the end of the encounter with the Ticos and the outbreak of celebrations.
La Prensa led the front with a "Historic", accompanied by a photo of Román Torres greeting the crowd after his goal; while the tabloid El Siglo said: "God is Panamanian. Russia, here we go!", with a big picture of the embrace among the players for the triumph.
"The stadium Rommel Fernández witnessed one of the most important events of the sport in Panama last night, and the fans were thrilled with the agony of defender Román Torres, who gave us the qualification for the first time in a major category. 2-1, result that placed us third in the table of Concacaf, against all forecasts," he said.
Critica highlighted: We're going to the World Cup, damn it!, accompanied by a photo of Torres and Gomez lying on the lawn embraced; to which he added: "Panama crystallized its long dream of qualifying to a World Cup, and it achieved in a film end. Thanks to a goal of hiscaptain Román."
Shout it: Panama at the World Cup! Highlights Dia a Dia with another photo of Gomez embraced Torres and the comment that "A final outburst of our Román Torres, the true hero, the captain, the Panamanian warrior, gave us last night a historic and dramatic qualification to the World Cup in Russia 2018 to La Roja (2-1), who saw as it was escaping from its hands a gigantic opportunity to make history.
"World shoot! Thank you, Romás!" said Mi Diario on the front page, with a full-page photo of the moment Torres shoots the ball who beat the Tico goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton while Metro Libre's headline "Panama among the big guys" and "Panama, to Russia 2018".
The Panamanians celebrated until the dawn nationwide the classification to Russia 2018 and today the president Juan Carlos Varela decreed national day of holiday by the historical event, while the employees of hygiene work hard to clean the dirt in all the main streets.