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Panama vs. Mexico: World Cup 2018 Qualifying Live Stream, Preview

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2016

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Giovani Dos Santos #10 of Mexico dribbles the ball against Matt Besler #5 of the United States in the second half during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Mexico travel to Panama for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City on Tuesday. El Tri are level on points with their opponents and Costa Rica, all of whom are on three points at the top of the CONCACAF standings.

Mexico are coming off a significant win, earning three points with a rare win over USA. Veteran centre-back Rafael Marquez got a late winner for El Tri to confirm a 2-1 victory Friday and snap the supposed "Dos a Cero" curse.

Meanwhile, Panama secured an impressive 1-0 win away to Honduras. The home side would usually be underdogs, but absences along Mexico's fluid forward line can give Panama hope.

Here are the schedule and streaming details: 

Date: Tuesday, November 15

Time: 9:05 p.m. ET

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Winning in the U.S. ended Mexico's barren run in qualifying in the country that had lasted since 1972, according to ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle. The victory owed a lot to Mexico's pace and technique in attacking areas.

Specifically, forwards Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos dovetailed superbly. Their subtle movement and clever touches dragged markers out of position all night.

Unfortunately for El Tri, Vela is set to miss out after being allowed to return to Spain for the birth of his first child, per Tom Marshall of ESPN FC. Vela's electric pace and natural flair will be missed in Panama, but he's not the only key player set to be absent.

Vela's quality in the final third will be missed.
Vela's quality in the final third will be missed.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Midfield playmaker Andres Guardado's loss with a hamstring complaint could be felt more. His vision and intelligence from midfield are key in supplying Mexico's talented frontmen with chances.

Marshall also added Fiorentina defender Carlos Salcedo to the list of notable omissions for the game. Panama have to take advantage of facing a side depleted in key areas.

The home side may still be smarting from the last time they faced Mexico. They were beaten 1-0 in Chicago back in October but spurned a great chance of their own when Armando Cooper saw his effort saved by Moises Munoz, according to Goal.

Oribe Peralta's goal downed Panama in the Windy City, but Los Canaleros are also a stubborn team defensively, packing plenty of savvy and muscle at the back.

Mexico will also miss Guardado's vision.
Mexico will also miss Guardado's vision.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

However, Mexico should still have enough to earn a tough win—even without Vela and Guardado. El Tri's confidence is sky high after beating the U.S.

Their buoyancy and greater quality will prove decisive.

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