Panama vs. Mexico, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Final score 0-0 in a game light on chances

Bob Levey

Much like Tuesday's game against Jamaica, Mexico failed to create chances against Panama. Unlike that game, they didn't find a goal.

"Chepo" Jose Manuel de la Torre switched up his team on Friday night. He brought in Javier Aquino and Giovani dos Santos for Pablo Barrera and Aldo de Nigris, who scored the winner against Jamaica on Tuesday. His changes didn't pay dividends in Panama City as his team struggled to create scoring opportunities, but they're still in good position in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after their 0-0 draw with Panama.

Mexico finished the match with four shots on target, though none of their efforts truly tested Jaime Penedo. Panama were content to play a very direct game, letting Mexico keep possession as long as they didn't establish it in dangerous areas. While El Tri controlled the ball throughout, Panamanian central defenders Felipe Baloy and Roman Torres were excellent.

The best chance of the game for either team came in the 49th minute, off a Panama corner kick. Blas Perez got on the end of a low ball into the box and appeared to have an opening goal, but Jose Corona got down to make an absolutely brilliant save. It was the only truly clear-cut chance of the match for either team, and 0-0 was a just result.

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