CONCACAF Gold Cup: Mexico captain Andres Guardado considered missing PK on purpose

Written By Michael Huguenin and Ron Clements
Mexico’s Andres Guardado
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It was difficult for Andres Guardado to celebrate his controversial penalty kick that kept Mexico alive in Wednesday's CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal.

In fact, the Mexico captain said he considered missing the kick on purpose.

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"I didn't celebrate, because that penalty call left me with a bad taste," Guardado told Fox Sports 2 before adding that he considered deliberately missing the penalty.

"I thought about it, but one has to be professional," he said following the match, according to CBS Sports. "We've been on the other side."

Having been reduced to 10 players in the first half, Panama found itself leading the semifinal 1-0 in the 89th minute only for American referee Mark Geiger to point to the spot for a supposed handball foul committed by captain and goal scorer Roman Torres.

Guardado converted the penalty, and another in extra time, as Mexico triumphed 2-1 in Atlanta and eliminated Panama from the tournament. That prompted Panama to pose with a banner labeling CONCACAF "corrupt thieves" and post the photo on social media.

Replays suggested Torres' side made contact with the ball as he fell in the box, and any contact with his arm was incidental.

But despite Panama's lengthy protestations — it took over 10 minutes for Gomez's men to return to their positions — Geiger did not budge, with Guardado slotting his spot kick even though he had concerns about the decision.

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