Panama to stay unbeaten

Panama to stay unbeaten

Panama is looking to extend their good run in the contest with a win against Qatar in a crucial quarter-finals match. This match is a do-or-die meeting between the two teams so both does not have an advantage except for their momentum. Panama were unbeaten during their group stage, ending the group with a 2-2 draw against El Salvador. Qatar on the other hand is fortunate that they are ahead when it comes to points in the league table, as they have the same points with Honduras. This will only be the third match between the two teams, with Qatar staying unbeaten in the previous two matches. However, when it comes to FIFA ranking, Panama is just a place above Qatar, proving their skills. This meeting will be on July 9, 2023, at 7:00 AM (GMT+8).

Panama

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Panama
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Throughout their campaign, Panama have been an impressive team, considering their unbeaten run in the group stage. That run brings them at the top of the group stage with seven points, winning twice and drawing one. Panama opened their campaign with a 2-1 win against Costa Rica, followed by a win against Martinique with the same score line. However, they finished their group stage with a 2-1 draw against Salvador, giving them one point. Despite their good run in the contest, Panama cannot be overly confident in this match. From their last three appearances in the contest, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals in two of those. Additionally, in their last six games across all contests, they were not able to keep a clean sheet. If they want to qualify for the next round, Panama should first address this issue.

Considering that Panama opted to rest some of their stars on their last group match, expect that they will all returns for this important game. Since this is an important game, expect this team to give their all, extending their good run here.

Qatar

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Qatar

Qatar’s journey to the quarterfinals is not as smooth as Panama’s, because of how their first matches turned out. They lost to Haiti in a 2-1 score line to open their campaign in the contest, followed by a 1-1 draw against Honduras. In order to secure their spot in the contest, they were in a badly-needed win situation during their final match. It was a hard-fought 1-0 win against Mexico that earned them a qualification in the quarterfinals. That success was only Qatar’s attempt on target, which they are fortunate to turn into goal. They finally ended their back-to-back winless run, which somehow gives them a momentum here. Moreover, Qatar only have three goals in the contest, one of the fewest outputs this season. Additionally, their discipline should also be taken note of, as they have 18 bookings in the contest.

Qatar are expected to parade the same starting XI in this match, due to the power they produce during their crucial match against Mexico. Just like Panama, Qatar is also expected to go all-out in this match.

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