Action from the World Cup qualifier between host Haiti and Panama (white jersey) on March 25, 2016, in Port-au-Prince. (Photo: FIFA.com)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – For the second time in less than nine months, Haiti and Panama drew in a competitive match, playing to a 0-0 stalemate in a fourth-round CONCACAF qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday at the Stade Sylvio Cator.
They contested a 1-1 deadlock in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last July, but even less separated them on this occasion.
Host Haiti (0W-1D-2L, 1 point) picked up its first point, but remains in last place, while Panama (1-1-1, 4) remained in a tie for second place with Jamaica (1-1-1, 4), which drew 1-1 with first-place Costa Rica (2-1-0, 7).
The Group B encounter proved to be entertaining, but produced few clear scoring opportunities. Haiti’s Jeff Louis was the most productive player offensively, but he was thwarted by a Panamanian defense that has conceded no goals in both of its away games in the competition.
The sides will meet again on March 29 at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.