Mexico-Panama Gold Cup Semifinal Boiled Over Following Late Penalty Call

By Mike Cardillo

The Mexico-Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal took a chaotic turn in the final seconds of regulation. Panama led 1-0 with about a minute in regulation.

Roman Torres — who scored the goal for Panama — was whistled for a hand ball in the box by American referee Mark Geiger to give a penalty to Mexico.

From there debris was tossed onto the field and tempers flared between players on both sides.

Eventually order was restored … after an 11-minute delay. Andres Guardado — who also scored a stoppage time penalty for Mexico in the quarterfinals — knocked in his attempt past Jaime Penedo to send the game to extra time.

The winner gets Jamaica in the final on Sunday. The loser plays the United States on Saturday.

UPDATE: Mexico took a 2-1 lead via another penalty converted by Guardado during the first half of extra time.

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