The beach soccer team will seek to maintain its dream of advancing to a second FIFA World Cup when they face the United States this Friday in a match for the quarterfinal round of the Concacaf Premundial.
The Panamanian team closed the group round as second in group A, after falling 5-3 this Wednesday against the current champion, Mexico in a close match at the Beach Soccer Arena of the Sports Complex of the Costa Rican Soccer Federation.
Like Panama, the Americans passed as second in group C after losing this Wednesday in the last game of the third day of competition against host Costa Rica by 5 to 4.
The Concacaf Championship will have a rest day this Thursday for the eight classified teams, and will continue this Friday with the definitive winning matches to stay alive or say goodbye in the quarterfinals.
Pérez: You learn from defeats
The technician Shubert Pérez He mentioned that the defeat served to learn and focus on the quarterfinal match.
“We have to learn from this defeat,” said the coach.
“We have to see what we did well, what we did wrong, but we also have to understand that the most important thing for us is that only one game was lost, qualification was not lost,” he clarified.
Panama came to the duel against the current Concacaf champions, after debuting with an 8-1 victory over Belize last Tuesday that meant qualification.
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“We have to lift the spirits of the team, talk a lot and see what we can do against the next opponent in the next phase,” he explained.
Regarding the difficulties that the team went through, the Uruguayan coach acknowledged that there were problems with the mobility of the Mexicans.
“We get messy a lot,” he said.