Canada earns draw with Panama in friendly

Written by Radio Canada

Thursday, 05 June 2008

Canada scored a late goal in regulation to earn a 2-2 tie in a friendly against Panama Wednesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ante Jazic, a midfielder with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS, levelled the score with eight minutes remaining in the game. He received a centring pass from Tam Nsaliwa and fired a shot from eight yards out that bounced off the inside of the left post and into the net.

Canada opened the scoring in the 33rd minute of play. Patrice Bernier fired a free kick from the right wing that was headed in by Jamie Peters to put Canada up 1-0.

Nine minutes later, Panama's Luis Tejada tied the game at 1-1 courtesy of a penalty kick.

Jose Luis Garces scored the go-ahead goal for Panama in the 48th minute. Garces buried a shot 10 yards out from the far post after Juan Perez sent a cross to him from the right wing.

Both teams from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) used Wednesday's friendly as a tune-up for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers later in June.

Canada will begin the first leg of qualifying on the road, starting a home-and-home set against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on June 15.

Panama will host El Salvador in the first half of a similar home-and-home set.