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Action from the Copa Centroamericana game between host Panama and Costa Rica (white jersey) on January 22, 2017, in Panama City, Panama.

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

CONCACAF Qualifying -- Final Round, Matchday 10 

Date: October 10, 2017

Match: Panama v Costa Rica

Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

MATCH OFFICIALS

R: Walter Lopez (Guatemala) AR1: Gerson Lopez (Guatemala) AR2: Marco Diaz (Guatemala) 4th: Bryan Lopez (Guatemala) 

SUSPENSIONS

Panama: Michael Murillo

Costa Rica: Cristian Gamboa, Bryan Oviedo, Kendall Waston 

ALL-TIME WCQ SERIES

Costa Rica leads: 9W-4D-2L (30GF, 13GA) 

LAST WCQ MEETING

June 8, 2017: Costa Rica 0, Panama 0 

FIVE MATCH WCQ FORM

Panama: LWLDD

Costa Rica: DDWWD 

CONCACAF QUALIFYING RESULTS 

Panama (Overall record: 5W-5D-5L … 14GF, 14GA)

13.11.15 Jamaica v Panama 0-2 W

17.11.15 Panama v Costa Rica 1-2 L

25.03.16 Haiti v Panama 0-0 D

29.03.16 Panama v Haiti 1-0 W

02.09.16 Panama v Jamaica 2-0 W

06.09.16 Costa Rica v Panama 3-1 L

11.11.16 Honduras v Panama 0-1 W

15.11.16 Panama v Mexico 0-0 D

24.03.17 Trinidad & Tobago v Panama 1-0 L

28.03.17 Panama v USA 1-1 D

08.06.17 Costa Rica v Panama 0-0 D

13.06.17 Panama v Honduras 2-2 D

01.09.17 Mexico v Panama 1-0 L

05.09.17 Panama v Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 W

06.10.17 USA v Panama 4-0 L

Costa Rica (Overall record: 9W-5D-1L … 24GF, 9GA)

13.11.15 Costa Rica v Haiti 1-0 W

17.11.15 Panama v Costa Rica 1-2 W

25.03.16 Jamaica v Costa Rica 1-1 D

29.03.16 Costa Rica v Jamaica 3-0 W

02.09.16 Haiti v Costa Rica 0-1 W

06.09.16 Costa Rica v Panama 3-1 W

11.11.16 Trinidad & Tobago v Costa Rica 0-2 W

15.11.16 Costa Rica v USA 4-0 W

24.03.17 Mexico v Costa Rica 2-0 L

28.03.17 Honduras v Costa Rica 1-1 D

08.06.17 Costa Rica v Panama 0-0 D

13.06.17 Costa Rica v Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 W

01.09.17 USA v Costa Rica 0-2 W

05.09.17 Costa Rica v Mexico 1-1 D

07.10.17 Costa Rica v Honduras 1-1 D 

CONCACAF QUALIFYING SCORERS 

Panama: Abdiel Arroyo, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres, own-goal in favor of (2); Felipe Baloy, Armando Cooper, Fidel Escobar, Gabriel Gomez, Blas Perez, Roman Torres (1) 

Costa Rica: Christian Bolaños, Marco Ureña (4); Bryan Ruiz (3); Joel Campbell, Ronald Matarrita, Johan Venegas, Kendall Waston (2); Johnny Acosta, Randall Azofeifa, Celso Borges, Francisco Calvo, Cristian Gamboa (1)  

QUICK NOTES 

Panama (Hexagonal: 4th place … 2W-4D-3L; 7GF, 9GA)

- In two previous Hexagonal appearances, never finished higher than fifth place

- Never qualified for a FIFA World Cup

- Prior to conceding four goals in last outing against USA, allowed four in previous five WCQs

- 3W-3D-1L (10GF, 5GA) in 2018 WCQ home games … unbeaten in last six (lost 1-2 v Costa Rica on November 11, 2015)

- Posted shutouts in four of seven 2018 WCQ home games

Costa Rica (Hexagonal: 2nd place … 4W-4D-1L; 13GF, 6GA)

- Qualified for 2018 FIFA World Cup with 1-1 home draw v Honduras in last outing

- Conceded one goal or fewer in 14 of 15 WCQs

- One of three teams to compete in all six Hexagonal editions (Mexico and USA are the others)

- Completed Hexagonal play in first place once (2002)

- Holds record for most points in a single Hexagonal (23 in 2002)

- Competed in four FIFA World Cups (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014), advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2014, before falling to the Netherlands on penalty kicks (4-3), after a scoreless draw 

ONE MORE THING…

This is the fourth meeting between Panama and Costa Rica in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Here are the previous results: 

Fourth Round

November 17, 2015: Panama 1, Costa Rica 2

Luis Tejada 71’ / Bryan Ruiz 66’; Marco Ureña 69’ 

September 6, 2016: Costa Rica 3, Panama 1

Christian Bolaños 18’, 79’; Ronald Matarrita 84’ / Luis Tejada 90’+2 

Fifth Round

June 8, 2017: Costa Rica 0, Panama 0

 
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