Panama ballboy becomes global hero after hilarious intervention in World Cup game

Panama ballboy becomes global hero after hilarious intervention in World Cup game

Panama beat Costa Rica 2-1 in Panama City on Tuesday and that result coupled with United States losing 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago allowed Los Canaleros to finish third in the CONCACAF standings behind Mexico and Costa Rica, with the top three securing automatic qualification.

The president of Panama has declared Wednesday to be a national holiday after the country qualified for the World Cup for the first time ever.

Panama has tried to qualify for every football World Cup since 1978, but it has never been successful until now.

As the ball came flying into the box from a corner, it came off the back side of Panamanian player Gabriel Torres and hit the inside of the post.

To the surprise of most the referee awarded the goal despite protestations from Costa Rica.

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Roman Torres went on to score the victor in the 88th minute and send Panama to their first World Cup as a result, while the USMNT finished fifth in the Hexagon and just a single point off the interconfederation play-off.

Goal-line technology wasn't available for the CONCAF qualifiers but will be implemented for the World Cup Finals in Russian Federation next year. Even with how terrible Bruce Arena's U.S. side were against Trinidad and Tobago, the worst team in the group, the USMNT would have finished third and qualified if that goal had not been given.

Their president, Juan Carlos Varela, got very excited after their late heroics and made a decision to the mark the national team's achievement by immediately arranging for a national holiday to be held today.

Those on the pitch used every possible opportunity to waste away a few precious seconds to deny Costa Rica a chance of an equaliser. and those standing off the pitch also played their part, too.

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