Panama used a little gamesmanship to qualify for its first ever World Cup.

By Dan Gartland
October 11, 2017

Panama used a little gamesmanship to qualify for its first ever World Cup. 

In stoppage time of Tuesday’s dramatic win over Costa Rica, one Panamanian substitute went all-out to help bleed out the clock. In the 92nd minute, just after Roman Torres’s game-winning goal, unused sub Luis Tejada delayed a Costa Rican throw by sprinting down the sidelines and kicking the ball as far away as possible. 

Tejada was shown a yellow card for his cheeky maneuver. 

Costa Rica was unable to equalize in the final seconds and the Panama win, coupled with a Honduras win over Mexico and a U.S. loss to Trinidad & Tobago, eliminated the Americans from the 2018 World Cup.

Tejada’s little trick wasn’t even close to the most controversial moment of the game, though. Panama’s first goal never even crossed the line

 

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