Qatar and Panama drew 3-3 in a dramatic match at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Texas for Matchday 1 of the Gold Cup 2021. The Asian nation debuted in the tournament for the first time ever with a high paced match. Both teams scored five goals within only 15 minutes of frenzy in the second half.
The start of the match was delayed due to a storm in Texas. However, the wait was worth it, as the two teams gave it all on the pitch. Qatar was the first one to score thanks to a strike from Akram Afif, but quickly Panama responded with a head from Rolando Blackburm. Two minutes later, Almoez Ali made the second for Qatar but Blackburn showed again to put the 2-2 on the score.
Then, Hassan Al-Haydos scored the third for the Asians with a panenka from the spot. If things weren’t crazy enough, the VAR confirmed a penalty for Panama and Eric Davis didn’t fail to equalize the score. Here, check out the highlights and goals from the match:
Qatar vs Panama: Match Preview
Panama and Qatar meet at the BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time in their debut match at the 2021 Gold Cup today, July 13. Here, find out everything there’s to know about this thrilling match such as the preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds and how to watch it in the US.
La Marea Roja will take part in the Gold Cup for the 10th time and is expecting to have a deep run in the tournament. After reaching the Final Round of the Concacaf World Cup Qualifying, head coach Thomas Christiansen, who’s been in charge since last year, is ready to take this challenge.
On the other hand, this will be the first participation of the invited nation Qatar. The World Cup 2022 hosts have already taken part in the Copa America in 2019, and now they will try to make their mark in the Concacaf tournament. And they won’t want to start with a loss.
Qatar vs Panama: Match Information
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Time: 07:00 PM (ET).
Location: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas.
Qatar vs Panama: Time by State in the US
ET: 07:00 PM
CT: 06:00 PM
MT: 05:00 PM
PT: 04:00 PM
Qatar vs Panama: Storylines
It will be the first time that these two nations will meet each other in an official competition. However, one can say that the match will be interesting, as both teams are in good shape and will want to start their campaign with a triumph.
Qatar is the current champion of Asia, after winning its first continental title in 2019. Head coach Felix Sanchez is ready now to conquer another region with the help of some of the players who won the Asian Cup, like forwards Amoez Ali and Akram Afif.
Yet, Panama is a two time finalist and will try to get into the knockout stage another time. Christiansen is building up a team using veterans as Adolfo Machado, Gabriel Torres, and captain Harold Cummings, and combining them with fresh blood as 22 year-old Adalberto Carrasquilla.
How to watch or live stream Qatar vs Panama in the US for Gold Cup 2021
The game between Qatar and Panama, to be played this Tuesday, July 13, at BBVA Stadium will be broadcasted in the US by UniMás, FOX Sports App, TUDN USA, Fox Sports 1, TUDN App, Foxsports.com, Univision NOW, TUDN.com, SiriusXM FC.
Qatar vs Panama: Odds and predictions
Oddsmakers have already done their predictions for this match. According to FanDuel, the odds are in favor of Qatar, who is the favorite with odds of +110. Meanwhile, Panama has odds of +240. A tie would end up in a +200 payout.
*Odds by FanDuel