4-1: Canada overwhelms Panama
Canada thrashed the ‘Canaleros’ in Toronto after overcoming an early goal against and snatching third place from the Concacaf octagonal for the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Canada beat Panama 4-1 in Toronto, after overcoming an early goal against, and snatched third place from the Concacaf octagonal for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, on a night in which Alphonso Davies stood out. , Jonathan David and Tajon Buchanan. After the victory, Panama is fourth with 8 points and Canada is third with 10.
The game ignited for Panama shortly after the opening whistle at BMO Field in Toronto when ‘Canaleros’ forward Rolando Blackburn took advantage of a great pass from Michael Murillo on the edge of Canada’s small area and in 5 minutes he beat the goalkeeper. Canadian Maxime Crepeau.
But the joy of the Panamanians did not last long. The early goal spurred the Canadians, who reached the octagonal unbeaten after reaping a win and four draws in the previous five matches. The team led by John Herdman applied relentless pressure on the Canaleros, which kept them cornered in their half of the court with no possibility of threatening Crepeau.
The Canadian pressure became suffocating at times without Thomas Christiansen’s men finding the formula to control the game. Canada’s first serious warning came in the 15th minute with a dangerous shot from Alphonso Davies cleared by Luis Mejía. Five minutes later, Stephen Eustaquio fell in the Panamanian area to protests from Canadian players who claimed a penalty.
Eric Davis saw them and wanted to subtract everything that entered his left wing until in the 26th minute after a strong tackle to Davies, the Panamanian defender was sanctioned with a yellow card.
Only after the tying goal, the Panamanians managed to get rid of the pressure from Canada and began to play in the middle of the premises. As a result of this greater verticality, in the 44th minute Panama achieved its first corner kick of the match. But as Édgar Bárcenas prepared to hit the ball, the midfielder collided with a Canadian bench player who was warming up on the wing.
What seemed like a minor incident quickly turned into a tangana involving the benches of both teams. Finally, the colder ones took control of the situation and all the players returned to their positions without the referee having to admonish anyone.
The second half was a festival for Canadians. The ‘canucks’ came out convinced that they could overcome the Panamanians and kept the pressure on Mejía’s goal. It was after a triple substitution ordered by Christiansen when the persevering Davies stole the ball from José Luis Rodríguez and began a gallop towards the Panamanian goal, in which he first beat Fidel Escobar and finally Mejía himself to place the 2-1 in the score at minute 66.
Canada’s second goal completely unhinged the ‘Canaleros’ and just five minutes later, a header from Tajon Buchanan increased the Canadian lead to 3-1. Later, in 78, Jonathan David scored the fourth that closed the scoring.
Canada did not yield and after two consecutive corner kicks, the ‘canucks’ managed to pass through Mejía’s door in a third corner that hit the Panamanian Murillo’s back and stayed in the back of the net.