Dos Santos is better as a Mexico international, and the Mexico national team is better with him than without.
We believe that it's for the good of Mexican soccer that Giovani is once again considered for and committed to the national team." He doesn't give too much going forward, but for the second match running Jesus Molina performed well in the center of midfield, so well that he may be able to force his way into a Hex starting XI.
When questioned about the importance of this friendly, Osorio said, "More than being important for me, it was useful for Erick, Orbelin, Isaac (Brizuela), Jordan (Silva), Moises (Munoz) who again has an opportunity, everybody, because every one knows that this is the chance to send a message that they have what it takes to compete for a spot in the next selecction." Before the match, Panama manager Hernan "Bolillo" Gomez assured fans and reporters that he was bringing a team of largely reserve players and that Tuesday's friendly will look totally different than next months's qualifier between the two teams.
This Panama team played the kind of game Gomez's teams can play well - pressuring defenders and bursting forward with speed when possession changed.
The end of the game, which saw Panama start a spat with Mexico and also throw goalkeeper Jose Calderon forward for a late free kick, were plenty of evidence that Los Caneleros have no love lost for Mexico.