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Watch: Panama Awarded ‘Ghost’ Goal To Qualify For World Cup


Panama are through to the World Cup finals for the first ever time, at the expense of USA, after a 2-1 win over Costa Rica.

They now look forward to Russia, and the scenes as they scored an 88th-minute winner would put a smile on your face, and comes as one of those moments when you realise the great value of sport.

However, there is an air of controversy surrounding their win, and more specifically, surrounding their 52nd-minute equaliser after the ball never appeared to cross the line.

As the Costa Rica goalkeeper came to collect the ball coming in across the box, it sailed over his outstretched arms, which caused a goalmouth scramble, but it appeared that the defence did enough to see the ball safely out wide.

However, the officials deemed that it was a score, which caused major grievances amongst the Costa Rica players.

After a 4-0 defeat to USA on Friday, Panama needed a win to guarantee them qualification for the tournament in Russia next summer, and they did just that with their 2-1 victory.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.