The easy money was on Blas Perez to score the first goal for Panama in the Gold Cup and that's exactly what he did. Okay, maybe there wasn't easy money on Perez scoring or any money at all. Even gambling addicts were probably unaware that there was a soccer match between Panama and Guadeloupe to bet on, but if you had money on Perez, congratulations.
The goal came from a long throw in. Panama made one from the right and the throw in was a beauty, flying all the way to the penalty spot where Luis Tejada chested it down into the path of Perez. Guadeloupe argued that Perez was offside and he may have been. It was as close as could be and even the replays did not make anything definitive, but the flag stayed down and Perez had an easy finish for the goal. It is Perez's 16th international goal, but more importantly it puts Panama on top 29 minutes in.