Panama Vs. Guadeloupe, Gold Cup 2011: Panama Up 2-0 At Half, Guadeloupe Down To 10 Men

So much for another dream run for Guadeloupe. They made it all the way to the semifinals in the 2007 Gold Cup and opened the eyes of everyone along the way, but it looks like a similar run is dead. It may only be the first match of the tournament, but Guadeloupe is already looking at a long ways back in Group C with Panama leading 2-0 at halftime. Blas Perez and Luis Tejada each scored to put Panama on top, then Mickael Tacalfred picked up a red card to put Guadeloupe down a man.

Tejada set up Perez for Panama's first goal, chesting a long throw in down for an open Perez, who scored easily. There was question as to whether or not Perez was offside and the replay showed it to be a razor thin call, but the flag stayed down and Perez had a goal.

With an assists to his name already, Tejada wanted to his name name on the scoresheet and did with a finish of his own. Armando Cooper ran onto a long pass before laying it off to Tejada, who hesitated and cutback to lose his defender before finishing easily.

Leading 2-0, Panama was already in control, but going up a man only helped them out. Tacalfred was chasing a ball and got to it late. He decided to run on though, stepping on a Panamanian who was on the ground and drawing a straight red card to putting Guadeloupe in an even bigger hole.

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