HIGHLIGHTS + ANALYSIS: CanMNT book Nations League final spot after defeating Panama
The Canadian men's national team will have a shot at their first trophy since the 2000 Gold Cup after defeating Panama 2-0 in the Concacaf Nations League semi-finals.
It was Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies on the scoresheet, beginning in the first half as an inch-perfect line-breaking pass from Kamal Miller rolled smoothly in front of the Canadian striker in the 25th minute. The Ice Man tucked home the follow-up shot through the Panama goalkeeper's legs to notch his 25th goal for country and open the scoring.
Les Rouges held that 1-0 lead into the second half, before substitute Alphonso Davies scored with a rocket hit in the 69th minute to double their advantage.
A 104th cap for Atiba Hutchinson with his retirement looming ahead was marked by applause by the travelling Voyageurs supporters, and while a late red card from VAR put Panama out of the contest, it would matter little in the end as Canada cruised to victory.
SHOT FOR THE THRONE? 👑— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) June 16, 2023
Secured ✅#CanMNT are FINALS BOUND in the Concacaf Nations League, and will play one of #USMNT or Mexico for a chance at lifting their first trophy since 2000 🏆 pic.twitter.com/LevXvKtZ63
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