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Shock Gold Cup Defeat For Mexico

Double defending champions, Mexico, got off to a shaky start to the Concacaf Gold Cup on Sunday night.

‘El Tri’s’ young squad of domestically based players were beaten 2-1 by Panama in Los Angeles.

Striker Gabriel Torres scored a brace for Panama in the Rose Bowl.

The result added to the pressure mounting on Mexico coach, Jose Manuel "Chepo" De La Torre.

The Central American heavyweights are enduring a dismal World Cup qualification campaign, and were also recently eliminated from the Confederations Cup after the first round.

Meanwhile, in the other match on the opening night of the Gold Cup, tiny Martinique enjoyed a dream start to their campaign.

In their first appearance in the competition since 2003, the islanders shocked former winners Canada 1-0.

37-year-old veteran Fabrice Reuperne was Martinique’s hero, smashing in a long distance pile driver into the roof of the net, to hand his team a memorable victory.

In the early hours of Tuesday, SA time, El Salvador take on Trinidad and Tobago, and minnows Haiti face the hard men from Honduras in the next games of the competition.

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