Jamaica beats Panama to advance to Gold Cup semifinals

Jamaica's Darren Mattocks, from right, Junior Flemmings and Shamar Nicholson celebrate past Panama's Luis Mejia after Mattocks scored on a penalty kick during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Matt Slocum/AP)

PHILADELPHIA — Darren Mattocks scored on a penalty kick in the 75th minute and Jamaica beat Panama 1-0 on Sunday to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals.

Mattocks converted after Michael Murillo was whistled for a handball in the box in the first game of the doubleheader at Lincoln Financial Field. Mattocks, a forward for FC Cincinnati in Major League Soccer, had entered the game two minutes earlier.

Andre Blake, the Philadelphia Union’s All-Star goalkeeper, made two big saves in front of his local fans, including one on Abdiel Arroyo in the 43rd minute en route to the shutout.

Panama goalkeeper Luis Mejia had a good stop on Junior Flemmings in the 58th minute.

Jamaica, a finalist in the 2017 Gold Cup, advanced to play the United States in the semifinals Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. beat Curacao 1-0 in the second game.

The Reggae Boyz have made it to the semifinal round in three straight Gold Cups.

Jamaica defender Damion Lowe will miss the semifinal after receiving a 90th-minute yellow card for time-wasting.

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