Copa America 2024 round-up: Panama shocks USA as Mexico loses to Venezuela

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Copa America 2024 round-up: Panama shocks USA as Mexico loses to Venezuela

The host USA was beaten by Panama at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Yes, Panama defeated the USA to dump their spirits in the competition. S

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The host USA was beaten by Panama at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Yes, Panama defeated the USA to dump their spirits in the competition.

Son of the former Liberian president, the great George Oppong Weah, Timothy Weah was sent off in the 18th minute for the USA which signalled a bad night for the host.

Four minutes later, Folarin Balogun fired USA into the lead even with a man down.

Panama restored parity in the 26th minute with Cesar Blackman unleashing a ferocious shot from just outside the penalty area with the ball ending at the left side of the post.

The first half ended 1-1 and it was always going to be difficult for the USA with a man down. In the 83rd minute, Fajardo Nelsen Jose scored the winner for Panama after Ayatza had set him free with only Matt Turner to beat.

Houston Dyanamo’s midfielder Carrasquillar was sent off in the 88th minute but USA couldn’t capitalise on it as it was too late for them.

Greg Berhalter was so disappointed with the defeat and had to go back to the drawing board to get the Americans back on track.

As expected, Marcello Bielsa’s Uruguay thrashed Bolivia 5-0 with five different players scoring. Pelistri, Darwin Nunez, Max Araujo, Fede Valverde and Bentancur all scored to send a strong signal to the other competitors.

Solomon Rondon’s second-half penalty condemned Mexico to a 1-0 defeat against Venezuela. Mexico must avoid defeat against Ecuador to stand a chance to qualify in their final game of the group.

The Raggae Boys of Jamaica were beaten 3-1 by Ecuador. An own goal from Kasey Palmer gave the Ecuadorians the lead in the 13th minute. Paiz doubled Ecuador’s lead on the stroke of halftime. Westham’s Antonio pulled one back early in the second half for Jamaica with Minda scoring in 91 minutes to ensure a great victory for Ecuador.

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