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Costa Rica get a win in Panama.

Costa Rica showed grits and character edging out Panama 2-1 in their own backyard. They followed a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Haiti with this heart stopping match that showed they are more than ready to compete for a spot in the next World Cup.

They hadn’t been playing well of late but a lot of the players that made a historical run in Brazil remain, and it showed against Panama. They controlled the pace of the game, and more importantly they controlled the momentum when they needed it most. Pulling out this match when they most needed it showed that this road will not be easy for any team that faces them.

A lot could also be said for Panama. It has been some time now that Panama have been a force to be reckoned with in the CONCACAF. They are not easily pushed and not easily beaten anymore. For a few years now, Panama has been playing great ball, and this isn’t in reference to baseball. They have been playing good soccer in all aspects of the game, offense, defense, mental strength and coaching.

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