Fidel Escobar left Panama without the World Cup

Fidel Escobar, in a game against the United States on Monday morning. / France Press agency

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A tough 5-1 loss to the United States, along with Thursday’s draw against Honduras, leaves the Panamanians out of fourth place with four points just one game away.

Danny Gonzalez

Fidel Escobar’s World Cup dream will not come true. Panama ran out of options for a presence in Qatar 2022 at dawn on Monday.

The Panamanians, coached by the Danish-born Thomas Christiansen, fell hard against the United States (5-1) and no longer had a mathematical chance of being in the World Cup.

Panama, who started this international window in fourth place, while retaining the CONCACAF play-off spot, saw how Costa Rica took advantage of Thursday’s (1-1) draw with Honduras and this defeat, with two victories (against Canada). 1-0 and against El Salvador 1-2), taking fourth place and leaving Panama with no options.

Escobar’s men will finish off a World Cup qualifier against the group leader, already with a place in Qatar, Canada, in the early hours of Wednesday-Thursday at 3:05 a.m. with nothing at stake.

For their part, Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica are still feuding for the direct places in the World Cup set up by the top two teams with 25 points against 22 from Ticos with the United States and Costa Rica starting teams. The early hours of this Thursday.

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