Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Rommel Fernandez when Panama and Mexico face each other in a highly-anticipated World Cup qualifiers. Los Canaleros aim to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Bailey-less Jamaica, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against El Tri. A man to keep an eye on in the home side will be the Strongest attacker Rolando Blackburn, who found the net in the crushing of the Reggae Boyz.
Mexico, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record intact as they defeated both Jamaica (2-1) and Costa Rica (1-0) in the first two group games. El Tri will be without injured attacker Alexis Vega in Thursday’s clash, with Orbelin Pineda likely to step up. Since Panama are tough to beat at home, we believe that both teams should be happy with one point from the match. Ajax defender Edson Alvarez is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Anibal Godoy):
Anibal Godoy is a professional footballer who plays for Panama national football team. The powerful midfielder was born on February 10, 1990 and he has been playing for los Ticos since March 4, 2010 when he made his debut for the national team.
Anibal Godoy played full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Venezuela and he scored his first goal for Panama four years late in a 3-1 victory over El Salvador. Speaking of his club career, Godoy played for Chepo of Panama from 2007 to 2010 and he moved to Europe in the summer of 2013, signing a deal with Hungarian outfit Honved.
After playing 24 league games (one goal) for Honved, Godoy signed for Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes in August 2015. Anibal Godoy is a defensive midfielder and his preferred foot is left. His contract with San Jose should expire in December, 2017 and it has to be noted that he began his youth career Arsenal de Sarandi of Argentina.
Highlighted Team (Mexico):
Football was brought below the United States border by European immigrants who build the foundations for what went on to become one of the most prominent footballing nations in the world. El Tri have qualified to the total of 15 World Cups and have become one of six nations to qualify successfully for the tournament since 1994.
Alongside Brazil and Germany, Mexico are the only country to make it past the group stage over the last six World Cups so it is fair to say that miners from Cornwall and Spanish exiles fleeing the Civil War made a pretty good job embedding the football gene. Mexico are the reigning CONCACAF champions having beaten the surprise package Jamaica 3-1 in the final. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team is captained by Rafael Marquez who is the fourth most-capped player behind Gerrardo Torrado, Pavel Pardo and Claudio Suarez.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is the team’s biggest star and current squad’s top scorer with 81 goals to his name. Chicharito is only eight goals behind Jared Borgetti who is the nation’s top scorer.