Panama roll past Martinique, into Gold Cup quarterfinals

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Panama booked their place — along with a laundry list of out national teams — in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Gold Cup on Saturday, by way of a 3-0 victory over Martinique at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

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The result not only sends the 2015 third-place finishers through to the knockout rounds, but also mathematically seals the final-eight places of the United States, Mexico and Jamaica.

Panama went ahead barely 60 seconds before halftime, courtesy of a rare friendly connection between New York City FC and New York Red Bulls players, Miguel Camargo and Michael Murillo.

Los Canaleros worked a short corner into an uncontested cross by Camargo, who found Murillo in a bit of space near the penalty spot. The Red Bulls defender did brilliantly with

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Abdiel Arroyo put Panama 2-0 ahead right on the hour mark, as the 23-year-old’s shot took a wicked deflection en route to beating Kevin Olimpa.

Seven minutes later, Gabriel Torres corralled a cross from the right wing and rounded Olimpa before slotting the ball into an empty net to make it 3-0.