Panama ballboy becomes global hero after hilarious intervention in World Cup game


The USMNT might not have qualified for the World Cup due to a confluence of ineptitude, but maybe we can all feel just a little bit better about Panama qualifying after watching this.

But their 2-1 win over Costa Rica also highlighted global soccer body FIFA's surprising decision not to use goal-line technology in the qualifiers, as the ball did not appear to fully cross the line for their first goal. His 88th-minute victor allowed them to perform the most timely leapfrog, jumping from fifth place up to the third and final CONCACAF automatic qualifying spot, behind Mexico and Costa Rica.

Panama's first-ever qualification for the finals prompted president Juan Carlos Varela to declare a national holiday, describing it on Twitter as an "historic day for the country".

That being said, manager Bruce Arena need look no further than his side's own failure against Trinidad and Tobago as a 2-1 loss left them short of the required points tally and on the wrong side of a historic result.

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Panama broke United States hearts with an 87th-minute victor against Costa Rica but it was their equaliser which will rub salt into USA wounds. Combine that with the 52nd minute "phantom goal" and American football fans and media have
been left feeling aggrieved.

As the ball came flying into the box from a corner, it came off the back side of Panamanian player Gabriel Torres and hit the inside of the post.

However, the officials deemed that it was a score, which caused major grievances amongst the Costa Rica players.

But it worked. Putting the ball into orbit via row Z helped Panama secure a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Johan Venegas and Gabriel Torres to earn a place at Russian Federation 2018. It also left USA commentators calling foul and pining for goal-line technology.