Panama vs. Cuba, 2013 Gold Cup: Final score 6-1, red card turns it into a rout

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Cuba put together an encouraging performance in the first half, but a red card in the second half led to Panama pulling out an emphatic6-1 win.

A solid first half gave way to an absolutely disastrous second half for Cuba, who were dumped out of the Gold Cup in disastrous fashion after going down to 10 men. Panama took a 2-1 lead into the halftime break, but turned it up after Ariel Martinez's 58th minute red card. Needing a goal while a man down, Cuba pushed forward and the resulting space resulted in four more Panama goals.

Despite Panama's early dominance, it was Cuba who struck first. Their excellent 21st minute counter attack generated their first clear chance of the game, with Jamie Colome setting up Jose Alfonso for the goal with a great cross into the center of the box. Sadly for the Cubans, their lead didn't last long. Panama hit back immediately by drawing a penalty when Renay Malblanche blocked a shot with his hand. Gabriel Torres stepped up to convert it, leveling the match at 1-1.

Panama struck again before the end of the half, with Torres netting his second of the game. Cuba, who had been defending well up until this point, fell apart at the back and allowed Torres to get on the end of a header by Perez. He finished to put the Canaleros up 2-1 heading into the break.

The first half was fairly even until Martinez's straight red card for a dangerous foul. Perez, the man who was fouled, did everything to sell it to referee Mark Geiger, though it was certainly reckless and Geiger was well within his rights to show a straight red.

From there, the match turned into a bloodbath. Carlos Rodriguez scored in the 68th minute, virtually ending the match. Perez added two for good measure on either end of a goal by Jairo Jimenez to put the exclamation point on Panama's win.

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