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Panamá està en la final, racha de México llega a su fin

ARLINGTON, Texas - El tècnico de Panamà dijo que su equipo tendrìa que hacer un juego perfecto para derrotar a Mèxico en semifinales de Copa Oro a  Mèxico el jueves. 

Los canaleros hicieron precisamente eso, obteniendo un triunfo 2-1 en el Cowboys Stadium. La victoria aseguró un lugar en la final  contra Estados Unidos el domingo en el Soldier Field de Chicago.

"Panamá ha demostrado que está creciendo y que estamos aquí para hacer grandes cosas", dijo Dely Valdés. "Ha sido uno de nuestros objetivos para estar entre los mejores. Incluso fuera de la Copa Oro, Panamá es uno de los más grandes de la región.

"Lo que hicimos fue casi perfecto. El equipo hizo un gran trabajo en la línea defensiva."

Panamá derrotó a México en dos ocasiones en la Copa de Oro, con similar marcador 2-1, el pasado  07 de julio en la fecha inaugurarl y en el juego del miércoles.

"Estamos contentos", dijo Dely Valdés. "Estamos contentos porque no es fácil ganar dos veces contra un gran gigante como México."

Blas Pérez anotó en su 10 º gol en su carrera en la Copa Oro, ademàs ayudò a la victoria. El logro tiene muchos significados para el delantero, que milita en el FC Dallas en Frisco. 

"Para mí es un honor de marcar un gol aquí en Dallas, porque sé que hay gente de FC Dallas que estaban aquí para apoyarnos", dijo el jugador de 32 años de edad.

Cuando el silbato final sse hizo escuchar por el árbitro jamaicano Courtney Campbell, el equipo de Panamá celebró su gran victoria.

El dos veces campeòn y defensor de la corona, Mèxico  sin embargo, no será capaz de igualar su récord de la competición de tres títulos consecutivos.

"Por supuesto que a veces es frustrante porque quisimos aspirar a hacer más y nos quedamos cortos de nuestros objetivos", dijo el entrenador de México José Manuel de la Torre. "Nosotros no alcanzamos el nivel que queríamos. Queríamos estar en la final. Queríamos ganar. No hay nada más que seguir trabajando duro, para levantar la cabeza y seguir adelante."

 
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