Panama vs. Mexico 0-0 WCQ: Player Ratings

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Panama vs. Mexico 0-0 WCQ: Player Ratings
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Rio de Janeiro: In 2014 the World Cup will return to the spiritual home of football.

Before today's games, both teams sat in the automatic promotion spots: Mexico in first, albeit with an extra game played, while Panama rather surprisingly occupied second.

A win for Mexico would have kept them at the top (though still having had that extra game), while a win for Panama would have seen them ease into first. You would expect that both sides would be really pushing for the victory, especially Mexico, who have been far below par in the previous matches.

Unfortunately, it wasn't so, and a tawdry 0-0 was played out at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, in which Mexico exercised control in the first half but fell away in the second. 

Although there are still over half of the matches still to play, Mexico is in trouble after drawing their fourth blank in the qualifiers, and being a game ahead means they will have to pull themselves together if they are to have any hopes of getting automatic qualification. Panama, on the other hand, is still hanging in there.

In a somewhat boring game, this is how the players rated.

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