Why some players cried during the national anthem before Panama’s opening World Cup match versus Brazil
Panama’s players relished the big stage on Monday in Adelaide, even though Brazil overwhelmed them 4-0.
Many members of the Las Canaleras team shed happy emotions before the game when they heard their country’s anthem sung with pride in their first World Cup appearance.
Many football supporters believed the heartbreaking scene at Hindmarsh Stadium encapsulated the international game.
“This is the essential issue! The satisfaction of being able to accomplish what you love while proudly representing your nation! Just beautiful!” tweeted one supporter.
Another commented: “This is so beautiful, the happiness of representing your country in front of the world.”
Then, with a commanding performance, the South American champs issued a dire signal to their competitors.
Ary Borges, a midfielder, displayed flashes of brilliance while scoring three goals, while Bia Zaneratto rifled in a spectacular attempt early in the second half.
The build-up move was flawless teamwork from beginning to end and an early front-runner for goal of the competition.
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Later, Brazilian legend Marta entered the contest, and the welcome she received was appropriate given her place in the sport.
Interestingly, the 37-year-old is playing in his sixth World Cup.
Pia Sundhage, the Selecao coach, was thrilled with the outcome and the outstanding 90-minute performance.
We scored four, and I’m overjoyed, the player stated. ‘As long as we give ourselves opportunities, there is no worry.
‘I’m very satisfied with the [on-field] combinations, and that Panama didn’t score a goal either.’
Ignacio Quintana, the coach of Panama, said that the David versus Goliath battle was intimidating, but he is eager for the next group match against Jamaica.
‘Our level is not 4-0, definitely there is room for improvement,’ he said. ‘We cannot stay on this defeat, we need to turn the page.’