CONCACAF Gold Cup: Panama gets past Guyana

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Panama got help from an own goal from Guyana during a 4-2 victory Saturday in Group D at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Cleveland, Ohio.

Panama’s Abdiel Arroyo opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Neil Danns scored on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to tie the match. Seven minutes later, Guyana defender Terence Vancouten, trying to play a crossing pass in front of the goal, knocked the ball past his own goalie, Akel Clarke.

Early in the second half, Clarke apparently made a big stop on a penalty kick but was given a yellow card for encroachment as he moved early off his line. Panama’s Erick Davis made the second attempt at a penalty kick for a 3-1 lead.

Gabriel Torres scored the final goal for Panama in the 86th minute, and Danns added his second goal of the match in stoppage time for the final margin.

Panama out-shot Guyana 19-5.

Panama (2-0-0) has clinched a spot in the quarterfinals but still has to play the United States (2-0-0) on Wednesday in Kansas City, Kan. The U.S. team leads the goal differential by six and only needs a tie against Panama to win the group.

Guyana (0-2-0) wraps up group play against Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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