Jorge Dely, after a draw with Guatemala: "we made mental mistakes"

Guatemala has not beaten Panama since August 18, 2005.

Panama’s senior soccer team, full of LPF players, drew 1-1 this Sunday against Guatemala, in a friendly duel played at Pay Pal Park in San José, California.

The national team took the lead at minute 30 with a score by Carlos Harvey, who successfully headed in a ball sent from the right wing by José Serrano.

Panama controlled the game in the first half, but fell in the second against a chapín team that included several of its main figures.

The chapines achieved the tie at minute 84, after the referee decreed a controversial penalty.

Jorge Dely, Thomas Christiansen’s assistant, and who led the bench, indicated that there are many things to rescue and correct. “More than anything, mental mistakes that we made, and I don’t know if the penalty was a penalty.”

“We handled the ball better than them, we didn’t create as many situations, but we were quite offensive, the team knew how to move the ball from one side to the other; In the second half, perhaps they had the ball more than us, but José didn’t push himself so much”, evaluated Jorge, who will direct the match against the world champion Argentina on March 23, in Buenos Aires.

“We knew it was going to be a very intense game, very tough, it’s nice to debut with the senior team,” said Gilberto Hernández, defender of Club Atlético Independiente (CAI).

Guatemala has not beaten Panama since August 2005.

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