Report: Panama 0 Northern Ireland 0

first_imgPanama 0 Northern Ireland 0: Hosts held to scoreless draw Sacha Pisani 11:02 5/30/18 PanamaNorthernIreland - Cropped Twitter (@NorthernIreland) Preparing for their first World Cup appearance in Russia, hosts Panama drew with Northern Ireland. World Cup-bound Panama played out a goalless draw at home to Northern Ireland in Tuesday’s international friendly.There were fireworks prior to the fixture and during the half-time break at Estadio Rommel Fernandez as Panama prepare to make their first World Cup appearance.However, there were not many fireworks on the pitch, though Panama’s Edgar Joel Barcenas hit the crossbar with a header in the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Panama fielded an experienced starting XI in their farewell match before leaving for Europe to face Norway ahead of the World Cup, where they will play Belgium, England and Tunisia in Group G.Captain Felipe Baloy, earning his 102nd cap, Panama’s most-capped player Gabriel Gomez (143) and equal all-time leading scorer Luis Tejada (43 goals in 105 appearances) were in the line-up, while Jose Rodriguez made his debut. 60 minutes | @fepafut  Northern Ireland #GAWA pic.twitter.com/MH8iQYgYyU— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) May 30, 2018Northern Ireland, who failed to qualify for the World Cup following a play-off loss to Switzerland, included former Manchester United pair Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair.Panama controlled proceedings during the early exchanges and the home side were unfortunate not to take the lead in the 18th minute.Barcenas rose highest at the back post but his header from Fidel Escobar’s cross rattled the crossbar, while a rebound was cleared off the line.Northern Ireland slowly found their rhythm but neither team came close to breaking the deadlock before half-time.It was more of the same after the break as Panama and Northern Ireland struggled to create any real openings – an influx of substitutions affecting the rhythm of the match.Panama goalkeeper Jose Calderon, however, was called into action after Josh Magennis managed to unleash a shot on target.Substitute Roman Torres almost netted the winner for Panama with eight minutes remaining but his header sailed just over the bar.last_img read more