If Panama had beaten Nicaragua -- the worst team in Central America -- by more than three goals, the Canaleros would've taken the top spot in the group. The spot could've been decided by a coin flip if Panama had won 3-0. Instead the Nicas saved Costa Rica from certain embarrassment by losing by just two goals.
Expectations will be sky-high for Costa Rica at this week's Central America Cup -- even though the team only will carry a handful of players from its history-making World Cup squad. Fortunately for the Ticos, they will open the tournament against the worst team in the region.