USA crumble to Panama in shocking Copa America loss after early red card

USA crumble to Panama in shocking Copa America loss after early red card

Eric Munene 11:26 - 28.06.2024

The Stars and Stripes winger Tim Weah saw straight red in Copa America match after striking an opponent in the head.

Panama secured a surprising 2-1 win against the United States in a tense Group C match at the Copa America on Thursday.

The game took a dramatic turn when the hosts were left with 10 players after Tim Weah received a red card in the 18th minute.

Despite the setback, the Stars and Stripes held firm defensively, with Ethan Horvath stepping in admirably after Matt Turner's unfortunate injury at halftime.

The match saw moments of brilliance and heartbreak for both sides. Folarin Balogun stunned the crowd with a thunderous left-footed strike, giving Panama a hard-fought lead in the 60th minute.

However, the USA responded swiftly, with César Blackman restoring parity just four minutes later, showcasing composure in front of goal.

As the game progressed, Panama pressed relentlessly, testing the resolve of the American defense. Ethan Horvath made crucial saves, including a spectacular dive to deny Edgardo Fariña's long-range effort, keeping his team in contention despite the numerical disadvantage.

Ultimately, the defining moment came in the 83rd minute when José Fajardo capitalized on a precise cross from Abdiel Ayarza to snatch victory for Panama, sending the home crowd into stunned silence.

The substitute's clinical finish proved decisive, dealing a critical blow to the USA's hopes of advancing unscathed from Group C.

With the final whistle, the USA finds itself in a precarious position, needing a positive result against Uruguay in the upcoming fixture to secure progression.

Meanwhile, Panama will look to build on this impressive victory as they face Bolivia, aiming to solidify their standing in the group.

The stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to Group C, where every moment will count in the race for knockout stage qualification.

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