ORLANDO: Blas Perez scored two goals, including the winner in the 87th minute, and Panama beat Bolivia 2-1 on a rainy Monday night in a Group D Copa America opener. Abdiel Arroyo beat a defender at the edge of the 18-yard box, pulling out goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. Arroyo found a trailing Perez in front of an empty net. Panama became the first non-CONMEBOL team to win its Copa America debut. Perez opened the scoring in the 11th minute. After forcing a turnover deep in Bolivia territory, Alberto Quintero ran down a through ball near the goal line, fed a cross in front of the net, and Perez made a sliding finish. Juan Carlos Arce tied it 1-1 in the 54th. A long free kick was deflected inside the 6-yard box and an open Carlos Arce powered it into the net.
Perez scores 2 goals to lift Panama over Bolivia
Published: 10:30 am Jun 07, 2016