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WATCH: Panama win that helped doom USMNT included phantom goal

APTOPIX Panama Costa Rica Soccer Wcup

Panama’s Roman Torres celebrates his goal against Costa Rica and his team’s 2-1 victory, qualifying his team for the 2018 Russia World Cup in Panama City, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. It’s the first time Panama classifies for a World Cup tournament. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)


Really sorry to do to this to you in your already sorrowful state, U.S. Soccer supporters, but Panama probably shouldn’t have scored its equalizer against Costa Rica.

That goal made it 1-1, and put Los Canaleros on the path to the inter-confederation playoff when Roman Torres scored to lift Panama past Costa Rica on the day and beyond the flailing USMNT for the Hex.

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Now Panama is off to the World Cup and Honduras will tangle with Australia for a berth in Russia, while the U.S. will play friendlies against, we’re not sure, probably Canada and Lithuania or something.

Watch, and grimace. And no, no VAR in CONCACAF.

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