San Salvador: Carlos Rivera headed in a cross in the 78th minute and gave Panama a 1-1 draw with Honduras on Sunday. The result put Panama in a position to advance to the semifinals of the Central American Cup as Panama remained second in the group with one point, same as Honduras but ahead on goal difference. Panama needs only a draw in its final group game against Costa Rica on Tuesday to advance. Honduras has finished its group play. Defender Ubaldo Guardia put the Panamanians behind in the 25th minute, deflecting a shot by Maynor Figueroa into his own net after the Honduran had dribbled into the penalty area. Honduras pushed for a second goal, and Wilmer Velasquez had the ball unmarked in the area in the 63rd. However, Panamanian goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane ran off his line to force Velasquez to shoot wide. Costa Rica in semis The result of the Panama-Honduras game means that Group 2 leader Costa Rica of a place in the semifinals and a return to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Costa Rica's advancement to the semifinals leaves only two berths undetermined for the Gold Cup. North American sides Canada, Mexico and the United States qualify automatically, while Trinidad, Haiti, Guadeloupe and Cuba claimed their places at last month's Copa Caribe in Trinidad. El Salvador and Guatemala clinched their berths on Saturday, leaving the last two places to be determined among Panama, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala.
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