This wasn’t even soccer, really.
In the 48th minute of the Gold Cup match between Panama and Canada, Panama’s Jairo Jimenez took a long-range rip that Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan got a fingertip to. The shot hit the crossbar and went out for a corner. This was the only thing resembling a significant event in the 0-0 draw between the two teams.
Because of their losses to Martinique and Mexico, it was highly unlikely that Canada would be able to secure a knockout stage place, regardless of their result in this match. At the same time, Panama only needed a draw to ensure that they would finish top of the group. These factors led the two teams to play a terrible match in which Jimenez’s shot was the only one from either team that required a save by either goalkeeper.
This is just the latest in a disappointing string of results for Canada. They were knocked out of World Cup qualifying by way of an 8-1 loss to Honduras, and they’re making Gold Cup performances like this one a habit.
Here’s to hoping Benito Floro can turn Canada into a team that is somewhat watchable. Panama await their quarterfinal opponent after putting together a solid group stage performance.
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