Panama president declares public holiday after national team reach WC

United States’ Christian Pulisic  is comforted after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva Trinidad

Panama ballboy becomes international hero after hilarious intervention in World Cup game

And it worked, as Panama held on to secure their place in a World Cup finals for the first time ever.

After a 4-0 defeat to U.S. on Friday, Panama needed a win to guarantee them qualification for the tournament in Russian Federation next summer, and they did just that with their 2-1 victory.

Panama president Juan Carlos Varela called a national holiday in celebration of the remarkable achievement as some fans called for the day to be named after the heroic ballboy.

The victory left them third in the CONCACAF area qualification behind Mexico and Costa Rica, and sensationally helped knock the United States out of contention.

That being said, manager Bruce Arena need look no further than his side's own failure against Trinidad and Tobago as a 2-1 loss left them short of the required points tally and on the wrong side of a historic result.

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The USA were one of the success stories of the last World Cup in Brazil three years ago.

In remarkable scenes, a substitute raced 20 yards out of the technical area to boot the ball clear after it had gone out for a throw in.

But their 2-1 win over Costa Rica also highlighted global soccer body FIFA's surprising decision not to use goal-line technology in the qualifiers, as the ball did not appear to fully cross the line for their first goal.

The talk from Twitter has been suggesting that it was a ball boy who was responsible for the top-tier shithousery, but as you can see in the above clip, it was in fact a Panama player, wearing his bib over the top of his red strip.

It set up a sensational finale, and gave Torres the platform to make history and become a national hero.

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