Panama's Anibal Godoy (R) vies with Mexico's Carlos Esquivel during a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal football match in Atlanta on July 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM
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Mexico advanced to the Gold Cup final Wednesday after a controversial penalty kick goal that had Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez saying his team was robbed of a rightful victory.Mexican captain Andres Guardado scored on stoppage time penalty kicks after the 90th and 105th minutes to give his team a 2-1 extra-time triumph over 10-man Panama in a Gold Cup semi-final before a sellout crowd of more than 70,000 at the Georgia Dome.Gomez was angry at U.S. referee Mark Geiger for ejecting Panama striker Luis Tejada in the 25th minute, but saw the Caneleros take a 1-0 lead on a header by captain Roman Torres in the 57th minute.On the verge of an emotional triumph in the 89th minute, Torres was whistled for a hand ball violation in the penalty area, falling onto the ball after contact with a Mexico forward.Guardado left-footed a blast into the left corner.
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