International Soccer
 
                 === Torres brace helps Panama edge Mexico ===
 
 Los  Angeles,  CA (Sports Network)  - Gabriel Torres  scored twice at the Rose
 Bowl  on Sunday  to see Panama open  its Gold Cup slate with an impressive 2-1
 victory over Mexico.
 
 The  Panamanians  struck early  when they  were awarded a  penalty kick in the
 seventh minute as Torres converted the ensuing attempt.
 
 Marco  Fabian de la Mora pulled Mexico level with a goal just before halftime,
 but  Panama wasted  little time in restoring  its lead on the opposite side of
 halftime as Torres turned in a low cross to the near post in the 48th minute.
 
 Panama staved off a great deal of pressure from the Mexicans for the remainder
 of  the half, slowing the game down at every opportunity to come away from its
 tournament opener with all three points.
 
 In  Sunday's  other Group A  fixture, Canada was on  the wrong end of shocking
 upset  as Fabrice Reuperne's shot from distance deep into second-half stoppage
 time  was  enough to see Martinique  come away with  a 1-0 victory at the Rose
 Bowl.
 
 The  results  see Martinique and Panama  top the group on three points apiece.
 Group  A  action  resumes  Thursday  with the  two  nations  squaring  off  at
 CenturyLink Field before Canada takes on Mexico in a crucial tie.
 
 
 07/07 22:13:34 ET

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