Why Panama players broke down in tears after singing the national anthem before their World Cup opener against Brazil
Panama’s players were emotional as the national anthem played in Adelaide on Monday, with Ari Borges scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over rivals Brazil.
They may have been beaten 4-0 by Brazil, but Panama’s players clearly loved the big stage in Adelaide on Monday.
During their World Cup debut, many of Las Canaleras’ squad members wept pre-match tears of joy, as they heard their national anthem proudly sung.
Many football fans experienced tear-jerker moments that summed up the world game at Hindmarsh Stadium.
‘What is this all about!! Proud to represent your country at the highest level doing what you love!! Just beautiful!,’ one supporter tweeted.
A second posted: ‘This is so beautiful, a pleasure to represent your nation with the world watching.’
Panama’s players burst with pride as they heard their national anthem ahead of their Women’s World Cup opener against Brazil
It was a similar story with Panamanian fans (pictured, a supporter crying tears of joy before the match against Brazil).
The South American champions then sent an ominous warning to their rivals with a dominant display.
Midfielder Ari Borges was impressive at times, completing a hat-trick, and Bea Genneratto scored a superb effort early in the second half.
The lead-up game was beautiful team football from start to finish and was an early contender for goal of the tournament.
Brazilian legend Marta then entered the field late on, and the reception was fitting given her stature in the sport.
Notably, this is the 37-year-old’s sixth World Cup.
Brazilian football legend Marta (pictured left) came off the bench to a huge reception in the 70th minute – his sixth World Cup appearance
Midfielder Ari Borges made the difference with a hat-trick in the Group F opener
Selecao coach Pia Sundhege was happy with the result and the excellent 90-minute performance.
‘We scored four runs and I’m very happy,’ he said. ‘As long as we create opportunities, there are no worries.
‘I am very pleased with it [on-field] combination, and Panama didn’t even score a goal.’
Panama coach Ignacio Quintana admits the David vs. Goliath clash was terrifying, but is looking forward to the next group match against Jamaica.
“Our level is not 4-0, there is definitely room for improvement,” he said. ‘We cannot stay in this defeat, we must turn the page.’