Torres propels Mexico past Panama

 Erick Torres struck in the 89th minute to give Mexico a 1-0 victory over Panama  (Photo: Mexsport)

QUERETARO, Mexico – Second-half substitute Erick Torres struck in the 89th minute to give Mexico a 1-0 victory over Panama in an international friendly on Sunday at the Estadio Corregidora Stadium.

The Tricolor’s winning streak was extended to three games, while not conceding a goal in its last four outings.

After going unbeaten in four straight matches against Mexico, Panama has dropped its last two decisions to the CONCACAF power, both by conceding late goals.  Nearly a year to the day, a stunning bicycle kick by Raul Jimenez propelled the Mexicans to a 2-1 triumph in a key World Cup qualifier.

Torres’ goal came as a result of being in the right place at the right time.  After some patient possession play, Miguel Angel Herrera unleashed a right-footed shot from 25-yards out.  The ball bounced in front of goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane, off his chest and into the air.  Oribe Peralta rushed in for a header, only for MacFarlane to apply the slightest of deflections.  It fell to Torres fortuitously and the Chivas USA standout was able to hit the back of the net with his right foot from six-yards out.

Mexico is idle until November 12, when it travels to Europe for a 2014 FIFA World Cup round of 16 rematch against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. The Panamanians are back in action with a November 14 friendly at El Salvador.