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The Dutch forward Enrico Dueñas gave this Thursday the first victory to the national team The Savior in the Concacaf qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022, with a goal that left empty-handed Panama (1-0).
The El Salvador team came to this match, corresponding to the fourth day, with modifications in their squad due to the loss of at least three players, so coach Hugo Pérez sent Dueñas, a 20-year-old young man from Salvadoran father and Finnish mother.
At the top, Jairo Henríquez and Joaquín Rivas were a headache for the Panamanian defense in the first half of the match, played at the Cuscatlán stadium in San Salvador, in the middle of a rainy night.
Henríquez’s pressure in the midfield, and taking advantage of the disjointed Panamanian defense, paid off at minute 35.
The midfielder watched Dueñas stand out on the right wing and immediately passed the ball to him, the Dutch striker took the ball, shot and Mejía rejected. The ball returned to Owners who did not hesitate to kick again and the ball went to the back of the net under the gaze of the Panamanian goalkeeper.
The Panamanian team was not yet found on the field of the Cuscatlán stadium and at times the players resorted to fouls and an excess of physical strength to recover and get the ball.
The visitors closed in in the last minutes of the game to avoid a second goal by the Salvadoran team, which resulted and the game ended with an advantage for the locals.
With this victory, the Salvadoran team adds five points in the Concacaf table and climbs to fifth position, one below Panama, which remains with five units. El Salvador will face Costa Rica and Panama will face the United States on Sunday.
- El Salvador: Mario González; Alex Roldan, Roberto Domínguez, Eduardo Vigil; Bryan Tamacas (m.66: Alexander Larín), Narciso Orellana, Marvin Monterroza (m.67: Pablo Punyed), Darwin Cerén (m.61: Amando Moreno); Enrico Dueñas (m.61: Marcelo Díaz), Jairo Henríquez and Joaquín Rivas (m.83: Walmer Martínez).
Coach: Hugo Pérez.
- Panama: Luis Mejía; Harold Cummings, Fidel Escobar, Abdiel Ayarza (m.65: César Yanis), José Luis Rodríguez (m.65: Freddy Góndola); Edgar Bárcenas, Rolando Blackburn (m.77: Gabriel Torres), Éric Davis, Alberto Quintero (m.66: Alfredo Stephens); Aníbal Godoy and Michael Amir Murillo.
Coach: Thomas Christiansen.
Referee: The Jamaican Oshane Nation admonished Godoy and Diaz.
Goals: 1-0, m.35, Enrico Dueñas.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the fourth day of the final round of the Concacaf qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, played at the Cuscatlán stadium, in San Salvador.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.