LOOK: Panama almost walks off field after questionable PK given to Mexico
Panama was stunned at a late penalty given to Mexico, and chaos ensued. Then, another was given in extra time.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal between Mexico and Panama saw a 12-minute delay after a questionable penalty call in favor of Mexico by American referee Mark Geiger late in the 88th minute. At one point, it looked like only one team would be left on the field, as the Panama players nearly staged a walk-out in protest of the call and fan behavior.
Just days after surviving the quarterfinals with a gifted penalty kick, Mexico received a pair of lifelines thanks to two late penalty kick calls, with the first coming in the 88th minute and the second in the 103rd minute of extra time. Panama players were already outraged after star Luis Tejada was given a ghost red card in the first half for what the ref thought was an elbow to the head of a Mexican defender. They blew a gasket after first penalty call in the second half. Watch ...
Here's the controversial hand ball from Panama leading to the Mexico penalty... http://t.co/El9ENE7Gzh— World Soccer Shop (@worldsoccershop) July 23, 2015
Penalty? Ehh. That could have gone either way, but for Mexico to again get a penalty kick that late? Something is fishy. But of course, CONCACAF has no ties to corruption. Panama players confronted the ref, fans (we won't point fingers here) threw trash on the field, and the team almost walked off the field in protest. Play was delayed as Panama showed its displeasure, and rightfully so.
Andres Guardado made no mistake, sending the penalty low and to the right.
To make it worse for Panama, Mexico was given another penalty, this time in extra time. Guardado again converted, giving Mexico the 2-1 lead.
Truly ugly scenes all around in Atlanta. CONCACAF officials will have to look into this, regardless of the result.
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