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VIDEO: Panama ball boy goes viral; national holiday declared


Panama reached the World Cup for the first time in history on Tuesday night thanks to a late winning goal, and a little help from one ball boy...

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With Panama leading Costa Rica 2-1 late on, the fans in Panama City were going wild as they aimed to help push their team over the line. One ball boy went above and beyond his duty.

Check out the video below for plenty of laughter. With the ball dribbling out of play for a Costa Rica throw-in deep in Panama’s own half, a ball boy came from nowhere to punt the ball away and waste some valuable time which allowed the defenders to get back in shape.

If we weren’t all wallowing in the shocking defeat for the U.S. national team last night, then I promise you this would be even funnier than it already is.

Also, the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, declared a national holiday on Wednesday after Panama reached the World Cup finals.