• Wednesday Oct 25, 2017

    Panama tops Grenada in friendly

    Panama players (pictured) convene for a team photo prior to their international friendly against host Grenada on October 24, 2017, in St. George’s, Grenada.

    ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Carlos Small and Ronaldo Dinolis scored two goals each as Panama earned a 5-0 win over host Grenada in an international friendly Tuesday at Kirani James Athletics Stadium.

    Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez’s side -- comprised completely of players from the Liga Panameña de Fútbol – played its first game since October 17, when it defeated Costa Rica, 2-1, to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    GOALS

    12’: Carlos Small, who scored four goals in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League for Arabe Unido, ran through the Grenadian central defense to first-time a through ball with his left foot from 11-yards out.

    21’: Alfredo Stephens glanced a header off the right post and into the net off a nicely conceived corner from the left.

    32’: In a play that started with Panama dispossessing a Grenadian defender, Carlos Small ultimately tapped home from the top of the six-yard box.

    54’: Sporting San Miguelito’s Ronaldo Dinolis, the 2017 Panamanian Apertura’s top scorer with 10 goals, used his left to place a shot from 14 yards inside the post.

    68’: Ronaldo Dinolis slotted in calmly with his right foot from eight-yards.

    NEXT UP: Panama is scheduled to face Iran on November 9, 2017, in Graz, Austria, and will visit Wales five days later.

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