Jamaica, Panama step closer to World Cup
Jamaica and Panama are both one match away from a guaranteed appearance at their first Women’s World Cup after reaching the semifinals of the Concacaf championship, the qualifying tournament for next year’s showpiece.
Jamaica thrashed Cuba 9-0 in Edinburg, Texas on Thursday, , to seal second spot in Group B behind Canada and their place in the last four.
A day earlier, Panama reached the knockout stage with a 2-0 win over Mexico.
The victory meant Panama finished second in Group B be- hind world champions the United States.
The two tournament finalists automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup in France, while the other two teams will contest a playoff to determine a third qualifier.
Jamaica, looking to become the first Caribbean nation to play at the Women’s World Cup, take on the US on Sunday, while Panama face Canada in the other semifinal on the same day. The third-place playoff and final are scheduled to take place three days later in Frisco. -