Panama held in check by Uruguay as Gold Cup prep continues
Action between Panama and Uruguay on July 7, 2019, at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo courtesy of FEPAFUT)
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay Panama was held in check by Uruguay 3-0 in a pre-2019 Concacaf Gold Cup international friendly on Friday night at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The home side looked to take an early lead and did so through Maxi Gomez in the 19’ when he received a pass from Giorgian De Arrascaeta and headed into goal for a 1-0 lead.

Panama was undaunted and kept the Uruguayan defense on its toes with a few chances, but was unable to find an equalizer.

Also keeping the Canaleros close was the play of GK Luis Mejia, however there was nothing the Panama No.1 could do to prevent a curling right-footed free kick from Luis Suarez from entering the top left cornet of the net for a 2-0 Uruguay lead.

Panama looked to get a spark from its second half substitutions, but the night belonged to Uruguay, and Federico Valverde rounded out the 3-0 scoreline in the 79’ with a right-footed volley.

Panama will open up its Gold Cup campaign on Tuesday, June 18 in Group D versus Trinidad and Tobago.