TAMPA, Florida -- Panama scored twice within seven minutes in the second half to turn a one-goal deficit into a 2-1 Group B victory over Nicaragua in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Canaleros (1W-1D-0L, 4 points), who saw their winless streak in the tournament end at eight games, put themselves in position to book a spot in the quarterfinals as Nicaragua fell to 0-0-2.
All the goals were notched within the first 12 minutes of the second half.
Carlos Chavarria struck for the Nicaraguans' first-ever Gold Cup goal in the 48th minute, a 24-yard bullet into the upper-left corner past goalkeeper Jose Calderon.
Panama did not waste any time on the ensuing kickoff as Miguel Camargo set up 20-year-old Ismael Diaz, who connected from the top of the box past goalkeeper Justo Lorento and inside the left post to equalize in the 50th minute. It was Diaz’s first Gold Cup strike.
Seven minutes later, striker Gabriel Torres – with his sixth career Gold Cup goals – lifted the Panamanians into the lead, slipping home from seven yards off Roderick Miller's right-flank feed.
Chavarria was awarded his second yellow card in as many games for fouling Michael Murillo in the sixth minute and will miss Nicaragua's final group-stage match against the United States in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday. The Panamanians will meet Martinique in the other match of the doubleheader.