Panama Stuns USA

America suffered their first ever loss in the group stages a CONCACAF Gold Cup when they were beaten by Panama 2-1 in their second match of the group stage. First half goals from Luis Tejada and Gabriel Gomez were enough for Panama to record their first win over the United States in nine matches.

The Panamanians opened the scoring in the 19th minute when they were awarded a free-kick which was taken by Nelson Barahona who struck it into the wall, the ball bounced kindly back to the Barahona who then played in a cross which found the head of Armando Cooper who headed it on goal, Tim Howard bumbled the headed chance which fell to the feet of Luis Tejada who bumbled the ball into the net to give his side a surprise 1-0 lead over the Americans.

Things went from bad to worse in the 35th minutes as defender Tim Ream gave up a penalty after clumsily tripping up a Panamanian striker, the spot kick was converted Gabriel Gomez who blasted the ball into the net pass Tim Howard to give his team a 2-0 lead which they took into halftime.

In the 68th minute the Americans were given hope of avoiding an embarrassing loss when Clarence Goodson headed home from four yards out after a free-kick taken by the American was headed on and Goodson took the opportunity to score well. However that was to be the only goal the USA would be able to get on the day as their fans had to sit and watch Chris Wondolowski miss a wide open goal in the 80th minute, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo also played his part as he came up with two saves in injury time to help his side hold on to record an upset win over the USA infront of a crowd of 27,731 spectators.

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