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Panama hold national holiday after first ever World Cup qualification

Panama hold national holiday after first ever World Cup qualification

Posted by PanamericanWorld on October 11, 2017

Panama president Juan Carlos Valera has called a national holiday for October 11th following the country's qualification for a first ever World Cup.They secured their passage to Russia with a controversial 2-1 victory over Costa Rica as their equalising goal never crossed the line.

Hernan Dario Gomez's side qualified with 13 points in third place in the Concacaf group along with Mexico and Costa Rica while Honduras will face a play-off with Australia.

Panama beat Costa Rica 2-1 in Panama City on Tuesday and that result coupled with United States losing 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago allowed Los Canaleros to finish third in the CONCACAF standings behind Mexico and Costa Rica, with the top three securing automatic qualification.

Valera wrote on Twitter after the game: "The voice of the people has been heard; celebrate Panama's historic day. Tomorrow will be a national holiday."

Valera announced that workers would be given the day off while schools will be closed in order for people to celebrate their national team's feat with their families.

He then shared a photograph of himself signing the decree with a message that said: "You deserve it."

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