Underdogs Panama hold Mexico
Panama 1-1 Mexico
PANAMA CITY, March 30 (Reuters) - Luis Tejeda scored with a bicycle kick to give rank outsiders Panama a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Mexico in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, ending the visitors' 100 percent record in the competition.
Substitute Tejada controlled the ball on his chest in the penalty area with his back to goal and fired an overhead kick past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez in the 73rd minute to send the Rommel Fernandez stadium crowd wild with delight.
Mexico had gone ahead against the run of play in the 26th minute.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco found Brazilian-born Antonio Naelson on the left of the penalty area and he laid the ball back to Ramon Morales, who shot beneath goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
Mexico were reduced to 10 men in the 56th minute when midfielder Pavel Pardo was dismissed for punching Armando Gun as the two fought for the ball.
Mexico, who had won their first 10 qualifiers including matches in earlier rounds, stayed top of the final stage of the CONCACAF qualifiers with seven points from three games.
Panama, who have never come close to qualifying for a World Cup, are fifth with two points.
Dirty Mexican cheaters! You reap what you sow.