Mexico, Panama get in heated exchange over controversial call

Written By Caroline Sikes
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The match was all but over between Panama and Mexico in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals, but with minutes left, the benches cleared in a rowdy scuffle.

Panama, playing a man down, held a 1-0 lead and just needed to sit on the ball to claim a spot in the final. Unfortunately, Roman Torres — who scored Panama's goal — fell on the ball in the box and was called for a hand ball. Torres' teammates began arguing with the referee and things quickly fell apart.

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Both teams started onto the field and met around the midfield line. That's when a Mexican substitute appeared to push one of the Panamanian players and both teams got into a bit of a shoving match, while fans began hurling objects from the stands.

After more than five minutes of deliberation and standing around, the referees granted Mexico a penalty kick, which Andres Guardado converted, to send the match into extra time.

That's two matches in a row a controversial call in the final seconds has gone Mexico's way.

UPDATE: Mexico is the beneficiary of another call in the box. This one, a bit more understandable, led to Guardado netting another penalty kick and giving his team a 2-1 lead. Quite the turnaround here.

UPDATE 2: Mexico won 2-1 and advanced to the final. Panama's players sprinted to midfield after the final whistle to berate American referee Mark Geiger.

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