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Game 2: Panama vs. Cuba
Cuba scraped into the quarter-finals by the skin of their teeth.
Only a 90th-minute goal by Jenier Marquez in a 4-0 last Group C game win vs. Belize saw the Cubans progress as the second best placed team finishing third in their group.
Martinique were the fall guys having been primed for a last eight spot until Marquez's late intervention.
That the Leones del Caribe had already lost 3-0 to Costa Rica and 4-1 to the United States gives you a flavour of the topsy-turvy nature of the 2013 edition of the Gold Cup.
There have been no real plus points for Walter Benitez's men so far this tournament. And herein lies his main problem in trying to rally the troops to push for a last-four berth.
The midfield of Joel and Jaime Colome, Jorge Luis Corrales and Renay Malblanche have been particularly poor with opposition driving through at like knives through butter.
Panama started the tournament with their first ever victory over Mexico.
The dire straits that the Mexicans find themselves in shouldn't detract from the enormity of the performance of Julio Dely Valdes' men. It was an astonishing performance and result.
Two more clean sheets against Martinique and Canada saw Panama as the unbeaten surprise winners of Group A.
Gabriel Torres was the two-goal Panamanian hero against the Mexicans;expect him to shine in this match against a largely static Cuban defence.
With Marcos Sanchez and Roberto Chen the only two players not to be rested in Panama's final group game, Dely Valdes has the luxury of a virtually fully rested XI for this match.
Luis Mejia has not really been tested in the Panama goal thus far this tournament.
The lacklustre Cuban front line of Jose Ciprian Alfonso, Yoandir Puga and attacking midfielder Alberto Gomez really need to be on point for this one.
Walter Benitez perhaps goes into this one more in hope than expectation.
Confidence in-game can often be the difference between winning and losing and for that reason Panama to sneak this by the odd goal in a low-scoring affair.
Panama 1-0 Cuba