July 11 (Reuters) – Gabriel Torres converted an 85th minute penalty to give Panama a 1-0 win over Martinique on Thursday and book them a place in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Panama have six points from two games in Group A, ahead of Martinique on three points while Mexico and Canada, who play later on Thursday, have yet to earn a point.
Martinique produced an upset on the tournament’s opening day by beating Canada and they again showed a level of organization and skill that was well beyond the expectations for one of the tournament’s supposed minnows.
Panama were frustrated and created few chances but the game turned in their direction when Martinique were reduced to 10 men after Jacky Berdix was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Five minutes from the end, Panama substitute Jairo Jimenez was brought down inside the box by a reckless Sebastien Cretinoir challenge and Torres squeezed the penalty just past Martinique keeper Kevin Olimpa.
(Reporting By Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Peter Rutherford)