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Watch: Panama's 1st goal shouldn't have gone up

Watch: Panama qualifies to 1st-ever World Cup thanks to 'phantom goal'

October 10, 2017 By Oscar Rojas
Los Canaleros came from behind to beat Costa Rica, but their first goal was a bit 'questionable', to say the least.

Panama's players usually complained about how refs had a hand in their eliminations from Gold Cup games and previous World Cup matches. Today, the tables have turned and Los Canaleros have to thank the linesman for a rather questionable call that gave them the chance to fight for -and eventually win- their ticket to the 2018 tournament.

Hernán Gomez's men were trailing against Costa Rica after 1 hour of playing time. A corner kick was placed inside Los Ticos' small box, and Blas Pérez tried to score. As he fell due to a foul, the ball never crossed the line, but protests by Los Canaleros' players forced the ref to change his decision and grant them an undeserved goal.

A late goal by Roman Torres sealed the deal for Panama, increasing the amount of teams ready to play their first World Cup next year.

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