PASADENA, Calif. (Sporting Alert) — Gabriel Torres scored twice and Panama beat Mexico 2-1 in their opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday at the Rose Bowl Sunday.
Torres gave Panama the lead when he fired home from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, but Mexico pulled a goal back through Marco Fabian just before halftime when he picked up a through ball and fired it past the advancing goalkeeper.
But Panama grabbed the lead again two minutes into the second half and then held on to take all three points when Torres beat his marker to the spot and fire home past Jonathan Orozco into the back of the net.
Earlier, Fabrice Reuperne scored with the last kick of the game to guide Martinique to a 1-0 victory over Canada in their opening round game.
Panama 1-0 Mexico Video Highlights
Mexico Team: Jonathan Orozco; Israel Sabdi Jiménez Nañez, Joel Huiqui Andrade, Efrain Velarde, Jair Pereira Rodriguez; Adrián Aldrete, Jorge Enriquez Garcia, Alejandro Castro; Raúl Jiménez, Marco Fabián de la Mora, Rafael Márquez Lugo
Panama Team: Jaime Penedo; Leonel Parrish, Carlos Rodríguez, Roman Torres, Roberto Chen; Gabriel Enrique Gómez, Marcos Anibal Sanchez Mullins, Alberto Quintero, Anibal Godoy; Gabriel Torres, Cecilio Waterman