Panama crushes 10-man Cuba to make Gold Cup semis
ATLANTA (AP) -Panama beat 10-man Cuba 6-1 in the Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.
Panama, which has three wins and a draw in the Gold Cup, advanced to the semifinals next week in Dallas.
Gabriel Torres' penalty kick in the 25th minute leveled the score, and his second goal gave Panama the lead for good 13 minutes later. Torres has five goals in four Gold Cup games.
Cuba played a man down and gave up four goals in the last 32 minutes after Ariel Martinez was given a red card for a hard foul against Blas Perez.
Perez scored twice, and Carlos Rodriguez and Jairo Jimenez also netted for Panama.
Mexico plays Trinidad and Tobago in Saturday's other quarterfinal match, while the United States faces El Salvador and Honduras takes on Costa Rica in quarterfinal games on Sunday.
The Cubans, who have lost 13 of their past 15 Gold Cup games, took a 1-0 lead on Jose Ciprian's goal in the 21st minute.
Panama coach Julio Dely Valdes said he was upset by his team's lapse in concentration early in the game.
"It came in a moment when Panama was dominating the game, and we were looking to attack,'' Valdes said. "It's very difficult when you get scored upon because it gets very complicated. We had to continue to pursue the attack.''
Panama hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than one goal in eight straight Gold Cup games. The Panamanians lost to the U.S. in the semifinals two years ago.
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