Magnificent Mexico Clinch Ninth CONCACAF Gold Cup Title with Late Goal
Expressing his emotions after the match, Gimenez, originally from Argentina, said, "Words cannot describe it. All I feel is love and passion for those who have always supported us. God, my family, and the fans who attended today—75,000 people. We had to bring them this championship."
The victory held significant importance for Mexico, as they had fallen short of advancing beyond the group stage in the previous World Cup. Additionally, it prevented the underdog Panama, who had stunned the United States in the semi-finals, from securing their maiden Gold Cup title. The United States has won the tournament seven times, with Canada clinching it once.
In the 33rd minute, Mexico appeared to break the deadlock, but Henry Martin's goal was disallowed due to offside after a VAR review. Just before halftime, they had another excellent opportunity, but Panama goalkeeper Orlando Mosquera denied them once again.
Panama's Harold Cummings received a second yellow card in the 63rd minute, but the referee overturned the decision upon realizing there was no contact during the play.
Panama's best chance came in the 87th minute when Edgar Barcenas' long-range shot missed the target.
With only a few minutes on the field, Gimenez emerged as the game's sole goal scorer, securing Mexico's victory.
The win holds promising prospects for Mexico as they enter a new chapter under the leadership of Jaime Lozano, following the dismissal of Diego Cocca after last month's Nations League.