For a few minutes, anyway, Mexico looked to be out of the World Cup. Last month, they lost away to Costa Rica on the final day of World Cup Qualifying, and Panama scored a late goal to take a 2-1 lead over the United States. If scores held, Panama would have moved on to a World Cup playoff. It didn't happen.
The USMNT broke the hearts of Panamanians everywhere, and more than a few American ones, too, when they scored twice in stoppage time to crush Los Canaleros' World Cup hopes. Even though Mexico had just ended their pathetic group stage with a loss, they'd crawled through a back door held open by the Americans, their fiercest rivals. Their reward: New Zealand.