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Panama U20s edge closer to CONCACAF berth
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Action from the UNCAF under-20 qualifier between Panama(white jersey) and Costa Rica on July 21, 2014, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvador.

SAN TECLA, El Salvador – Panama inched closer to a place in the next CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, defeating Costa Rica 3-2 on Monday for its third win in as many Central American qualifying games.

For complete schedule, results, table and scorers, click here.

Here’s a recap of the tripleheader action at the Estadio Cuscatlan:

Belize 0, Nicaragua 4
In the opener, four different players scored the goals as Nicaragua (3 points) bounced back from a loss in its opener to post a 4-0 win over Belize (0 points).

Kevin Serapio (6’) staked the Pinoleros to an early 1-0 lead, while Arianger Smith (65’), Hermes Navarrete (74’) and Bryan Garcia (83’) tallied in the second half.

By the end of the evening, the Nicaraguans would find themselves in fourth place.

Costa Rica 2, Panama 3
Costa Rica (1 point) remained winless in its opening three games, dropping a 3-2 decision to first-place Panama.

Ismael Diaz (1’, 50’)  scored in a third straight outing for the Panamanians, netting a brace to take his goal total to a tournament-best five.

Fidel Escobar’s insurance tally in the 84th minute made it 3-1 and ended up providing the margin of victory.

Kenneth Cerdas (71’) and Victor Murillo (90’+1) struck in the second for Costa Rica, which sits next to last with only one point.

Panama extended its table-topping lead to four points over second-place El Salvador. 

El Salvador 0, Honduras 0
El Salvador and Honduras battled to a scoreless draw in a match that yielded seven yellow cards.

The Hondurans (2 points) remained winless and the host Cuscatlecos (5 points) stayed unbeaten after three games each, while both have played to two straight draws.

 
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