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Canada and Panama compete in Toronto for the third square of the octagonal

Canada and Panama compete in Toronto for the third square of the octagonal

Panama will try to guarantee one of the three places that give direct places to the 2022 World Cup in the match that will be played this Wednesday in Toronto against Canada, which occupies the fourth place but has not yet been defeated in the octagonal of the Concacaf tie.

Panama occupies the third place in the classification, tied at 8 points with the United States, a team that it defeated on October 10 1-0 at Rommel Fernández.

The leader is Mexico, which currently has 11 points.

For its part, Canada, which has so far had four draws and a victory, is the fourth with 7 points. In their last match, against the bottom of the tournament, Jamaica, Canada drew 0-0 in Kingston.

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If they remain in fourth place, the Canadians would have yet one more chance to travel to Qatar in a play-off elimination.

The Canadians will jump onto the grass at the BMO stadium in Toronto confident that after Wednesday’s game, they will have snatched third place in the tournament from the Panamanians.

Canada has so far gone 20 games in a row without losing at home and the last time they suffered a loss was in March 2016 against Mexico. In addition, the “canucks” have scored in the last 14 games they have played on their turf.

The team led by John Herdman will recover Tajon Buchanan, Richie Laryea and Steven Vitoria against the Panamanians, three of the starters who on October 7 managed to start a 1-1 draw against Mexico at the Azteca Stadium.

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Injuries and a build-up of cards prevented Herdman from aligning the trio against Jamaica. But Herdman has also lost a fundamental man in the Canadian team, goalkeeper Milan Borjan, after contracting COVID-19.

Canada’s main doubt in the face of the meeting with Panama is whether Cyle Larin and Atiba Hutchinson, teammates in Turkish Besiktas, will be fit to jump onto the pitch. The two played Jamaica in discomfort.

But Panama is not going to make it easy for the Canadian squad, especially after the victory that the Canaleros achieved last Sunday against the United States and that raised them to third position.

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Before traveling to Canada on Monday, team coach Thomas Christiansen called the match the “most difficult game” of this triple playoff date.

“These are not the appropriate conditions to compete, starting from the fact that it is a long journey, we arrive at dawn, but we are going to compete to give another joy to the fans,” Christiansen said at the conference last Sunday.

Probable lineups:

Canada: Crepeau; Johnston, Vitoria, Cornelius, Miller; Eustace, Kaye; Buchanan, Osorio, Davies; David.

Selector: John Herdman.

Panama: Mejía; Murillo, Escobar, Cummings, David; Godoy, Ayarza; Barcenas, Quintero, Gondola; towers

Selector: Thomas Christiansen.

Referee: To designate

Stadium: BMO Field, Toronto (Canada). EFE (HN)

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