Panama to make World Cup debut against strong Belgium team

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Group G game in Sochi on Monday could be rather lopsided because Belgium, at least on paper, should be a contender for the title. The Red Devils have fallen short of expectations the last four years: Belgium lost in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.Panama, meanwhile, has never beaten a European team in nine previous meetings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe long odds have not tempered the excitement surrounding Panama’s journey to Russia, and the nation has proudly supported the team’s achievement in simply qualifying for the World Cup. The task Monday may be daunting, but memorable for an entire country.“History is going to be made for the first time when we listen to our national anthem at a World Cup,” Panama captain Roman Torres said. “Many people are going to cry. I think I’m going to be one of those people, too, because of the emotion and to feel the significance of listening to the national anthem at a World Cup.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Belgian players from left, Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen and Belgium’s Youri Tielemans pose in front of their aircraft prior to the team departure in Brussels, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The Belgian national team departs Wednesday for Russia to participate in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)MOSCOW — Panama earned its first ever World Cup berth and couldn’t wait to begin its adventure on soccer’s biggest stage.Then the team drew Belgium for its opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belgium goes into the match with questions about its veteran lineup because of injuries to defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany.Vermaelen was ruled out against Panama by coach Roberto Martinez with a hamstring injury, and Kompany was expected to be a late decision because of a groin injury. He also could miss the game against Panama but return later in group play.The match is at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. EDT; 1500 GMT) at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img

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