USA's shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with Panama's 88th minute victor from Roman Torres to beat Costa Rica, meant the team from Central America finished third in the North/Central American qualifying and have booked their place in Russian Federation.
The United States had one of their worst nights in football (ahem, soccer) history on Tuesday night as they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.
Panama evened up the scores at 1-all against their local rivals just after halftime however multiple replays seem to show the ball never crossed the line. They'd cancelled out Costa Rica's opener with a highly controversial equaliser early in the second half, but, with the U.S. heading to a surprise defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, were set for a fifth-place finish.
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Unfancied to get a result against their talented rivals, Panama shocked the footballing world by leading 2-1 with the clock winding down to full-time.
The equalising goal came into the box from a corner and deflected off of Gabriel Torres' backside before hitting the inside of the far post.
An unlikely sequence of results elsewhere in their qualifying group meant a win would be enough to seal their place in next year's tournament in Russian Federation. Even with how terrible Bruce Arena's US 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.
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Meanwhile, Panama president Juan Carlos Varela declared a national holiday in celebration of the milestone.
However, when the Costa Rica player went to collect the ball, a Panama substitute put the burners on and beat him to it, smashing the ball away in the process.
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