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Mexico defeats Panama and is Gold Cup 2023 champion with a goal from “Chaquito” Giménez in the last minutes

(Spanish CNN) — Mexico’s senior men’s team won this Sunday against its Panamanian counterpart and were crowned champions of the Gold Cup, the most important tournament for the countries of the North American Football Confederation, Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf).

With this triumph, the Mexican team adds its ninth Gold Cup title in its history to its list, thus remaining the big winner of the said competition (second place goes to the United States with seven championships).

Mexico beat Panama 1-0 in a match where “el Tri” and the canaleros balanced their forces in different periods of the two halves of the match, and both teams stopped the duel with numerous fouls.

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The first half was almost entirely Mexican. The most dangerous game of the Mexican team occurred in the 33rd minute, when there was a spill on the right wing and, after a cross in the box, striker Henry Martín shot from the edge from the small area to the back of the net. However, VAR intervened and scored offside, so the goal was disallowed.

Panama’s most dangerous play came in the 52nd minute of the second half: striker Alberto Quintero received a cross from the Panamanian right wing and headed almost into the penalty area, but the ball went to one side of the Aztec left post.

As the game was about to go into extra time, the Mexican team broke through with the league goal at minute 88, when Orbelín Pineda sent a pass from the Tri zone to the midfield, where was forward Santiago “Chaquito” Giménez, who drove from there. to get rid of the Panamanian defender, enters his area and crosses the shot towards the goalkeeper’s left post.

Giménez, a player from Feyenoord -current Dutch champions-, had barely been on the pitch for three minutes after replacing Martín at 85.