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Mexico vs Panama takes place in their World Cup 2014 CONCACAF qualifying match on Friday night with Mexico's hopes of making it to next summer's World Cup in Brazil hanging in the balance. The game will kick off at 9.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Almost all analysts had predicted that Mexico would definitely be one of the qualifiers from the CONCACAF Hexagonal when things started, however, Mexico are now moving into the final straight of the qualifiers knowing that very well might fall short.
Coming into this game El Tri are outside the qualifying spots, and potentially face the prospect of having to having to watch the World Cup next summer on TV.
They are in fifth place right now – level on points and goal difference with Panama – but behind them on the tiebreaker rules.
Winning this game is vital for Mexico – even if they ultimately do not make the automatic qualification spots, a win here would place then in a good position to make a playoff berth.
Ordinarily this would be a daunting task for Panama, going on the road to play Mexico, however, this time they are facing a Mexico team lacking the confidence of recent years. They have labored through their qualifying campaign and Panama will see this fixture as one they can win or at least take a point from.
Mexico lost to Honduras last month to plunge their qualification really into doubt, but a win here tonight would keep them in the running.
Mexico must find their form back and quick before it's too late and they simply must win tonight.
Mexico vs Panama kicks off at 9.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network, or online through free live stream by clicking here.