SEATTLE (AP) — Mexico bounced back from an opening-game loss to beat Canada 2-0, and Panama advanced to the Gold Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Martinique on Thursday.
Raul Jimenez scored from a corner kick late in the first half, and Marco Fabian converted a penalty early in the second as Mexico, which lost 2-1 to Panama on Sunday, climbed back into contention heading into Sunday's Group A finale against Martinique in Denver. Both teams have three points each.
"The team improved on many fronts, and it operated better," Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said. "(Canada) was putting a lot of pressure in many different places of the pitch. But the team managed to get a result and convert opportunities into goals. That creates more confidence and less pressure."
Panama leads the group with six points going into Sunday's game against Canada, which was eliminated.
Gabriel Torres buried a penalty in the 85th minute for Panama.
"That was the result we wanted," Panama coach Julio Dely Valdez said. "It was a really complicated match, but we knew we were going to face a good team. Looking at the game, we had a certain superiority. Maybe it wasn't that big, but it was a certain superiority."
Torres, who had three dangerous shots saved from the run of play by goalkeeper Emmanuel Vermignon, made good on his try from the spot, sending the ball to the back left corner. The penalty was given when Jairo Jimenez was taken down in the box by Sebastien Cretinoir.
Martinique finished the game a man down when Jacky Berdix was sent off early in the 73rd minute with his second yellow card of the night.