Panama vs. Mexico: Date, Time, TV Info and Live Stream for Friendly

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2016

Giovani Dos Santos of Mexico celebrates his goal against New Zeland during the friendly match between the Mexican national team and New Zeland national team at the Nissan Stadium, on October 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. / AFP / MAURICE LECLAIRE        (Photo credit should read MAURICE LECLAIRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico's preparation for November's FIFA World Cup qualifiers continues on Tuesday as they take on Panama in a friendly at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. 

El Tri's first match in the Hexagonal—the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia—is against the United States, before they face Panama again.

Tuesday's clash will be vital for both teams as they look to establish their best possible outfit before their crucial matches next month.

Read on for a preview of the game, along with key scheduling, television and live streaming information. 

Date: Tuesday, October 11

Time: 9:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 a.m. BST (Wednesday)

TV Info: Univision Deportes USA 

Live Stream: Univision Now


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Mexico's Saturday friendly with New Zealand ended in a 2-1 win for Juan Carlos Osorio's side as Giovani dos Santos and Marco Fabian both found the net.

It was Dos Santos' first outing for the Mexican side since 2015's CONCACAF Gold Cup and, although he played a key role against the Kiwis, he will look to improve on his performance against Panama.

The L.A. Galaxy forward has netted 14 times and provided 12 assists in 27 Major League Soccer appearances so far this season, and he will be vital for Mexico in their attempts to unlock Panama's defence, per MLSsoccer.com.

Osorio will need to work on improving his own back before the clash, as they were unimpressive against New Zealand and the All Whites could have taken something from the match in Tennessee had they not squandered a number of chances, per ESPN FC's Cesar Hernandez.

Per Mexican football writer Tom Harrison, Mexico played a 3-3-3-1 formation against New Zealand, but Osorio could change things up against Panama given that the performance was far from perfect:

Tom Harrison @tomh_36

Osorio still experimenting with the 3-3-3-1 formation. My tactical takes from Mexico's friendly against New Zealand https://t.co/OuWEYOfXSD https://t.co/mQuiWlO5e1

Panama's last outing was their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Costa Rica back in September, which followed a 2-0 victory over Jamaica.

Hernan Dario Gomez's side have endured inconsistent form of late and will be eager to put in a decent performance against Mexico before their first meeting in the Hexagonal against Honduras in November.

They will need to be more clinical than New Zealand were if they are to better El Tri, but Mexico's defence is such that Panama should get some opportunities if their build-up play is good.

Recent history indicates it should be a tight match in Illinois despite Panama being significantly lower in FIFA's world rankings—62nd to Mexico's 15th.

The last time more than one goal separated the two sides was when Mexico beat Panama 5-0 back in 2005.

Since then, there have been nine meetings between them, and all of them have been incredibly close, per Soccerbase:

Panama vs. Mexico: Last 10 Meetings
2015Mexico 1-0 Panama
2015Panama 1-2 Mexico (AET)
2014Mexico 1-0 Panama
2013Mexico 2-1 Panama
2013Panama 2-1 Mexico
2013Mexico 1-2 Panama
2013Panama 0-0 Mexico
2009Mexico 1-1 Panama
2007Mexico 1-0 Panama
2005Mexico 5-0 Panama

Tuesday's clash may only be a friendly but it is a crucial game for both sides as they prepare for their upcoming qualifiers, and a defeat for either team could deal a significant blow to their confidence.


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