Qatar vs Panama LIVE Football Match Score July 14/7/2021
Qatar and Panama will kick off their Gold Cup sojourn at the BBVA Stadium on Tuesday, with three points on the line in Group D of the tournament. Qatar are in the tournament by invitation and picked up a 1-0 friendly victory over El Salvador in their most recent fixture last week. Panama were on the wrong end of a 3-0 trouncing by Mexico in a friendly played at the start of July. Diego Lainez, Cesar Montez and Henry Martin all got on the scoresheet for El Tri.
Panama and Qatar will be looking to kickstart their tournament on a winning note to put them in good stead to qualify for the knockout round. The other two teams in the group are Honduras and Grenada. This will be the first international meeting between the two sides. Qatar are currently on a good run of form that has seen them go eight games without defeat, with their last four matches ending in victory. Coach Felix Sanchez called up 23 players to dispute the Gold Cup for Qatar. The squad is made up exclusively of players who ply their trade in the Qatar Stars League.
Manager Felix Sanchez has chosen a squad consisting of 23 players who are all currently featuring at club level in Qatar with Al-Sadd, Al-Duhail, Al-Gharafa and one player representing Al-Rayyan (Abdulaziz Hatem).
In their final game before this tournament, they overcame a red card in the 20th minute but still managed to beat El Salvador 1-0, despite having only 31% possession.
As the fourth-highest ranked team at the Gold Cup and having already beaten a CONCACAF side this year, they will not fear any team in this competition.
Panama will hope to take everything they learned from their first World Cup experience and put it into this competition, which saw them reach the semi-finals in 2011 and 2015, while qualifying for the knockout stage on every occasion since 2005.
While they lost all three of their matches at the World Cup in 2018, that appearance gave the nation a lot of global attention.
The Panamanians have played plenty of international fixtures this year (eight), so they should not be rusty on Tuesday, but lately, they have struggled to create many quality scoring opportunities, going goalless in their last two games, failing to register a shot on target versus Mexico.
They are, however, coming into a competition that they are very familiar with, and they have had a lot of success in the early stages of this tournament, losing only one group stage fixture since 2011.