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Mexico Defeats Panama After Amazing Jimenez Bicycle Kick To Revive WCup Hopes

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Footballer Raul Jimenez (2-R) of Mexico celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal of the team against Panama during the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifier match, at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, on October 11, 2013.   AFP PHOTO/OMAR TORRES        (OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

Footballer Raul Jimenez (2-R) of Mexico celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal of the team against Panama during the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifier match, at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, on October 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OMAR TORRES (OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

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MEXICO CITY (AP) – Raul Jimenez scored on a 16-yard bicycle kick in the 85th minute — four minutes after Mexico had allowed a tying goal — and El Tri beat Panama 2-1 Friday night at Azteca Stadium to revive its hopes to qualifying for its sixth straight World Cup.

Languishing in fifth place in North and Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico went ahead on Oribe Peralta’s goal off a pass from Javier Hernandez in the 40th minute.

Panama, ahead of Mexico at the start of the night on total goals, tied the score in the 81st when Luis Tejada beat goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to a through pass, touched the ball around the keep and put it into the empty net.

Jimenez, who entered in the 83rd, received a cross with his back to the goal, tipped the ball in the air to himself and beat goalkeeper Jaime Penedo with an overhead kick.

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