Panama Ghost Goal: Watch 'goal’ That Cost Angry USA A World Cup Spot… Which NEVER Went In - CATEGORY Daily Report: TITLE

Tim Howard's USA failed to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 - after the Americans lost 2-1 to Trinidad and a staggering 'ghost' goal was awarded to Panama in their clash with Costa Rica.

The 'goal' which was possibly handled and didn't even cross the line - was an equaliser for Panama, who went on to score an 88th-minute winner.

Gabriel Torres' 52nd minute equaliser came from a corner with his bundled effort hitting the post. As Blas Perez tried to force the ball over the line, Costa Rican defender Ronald Matarrita looked to have cleared it.

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However, despite complaints from the visitors, referee Walter Lopez of Guatemala gave the goal.

Honduras beat already-qualified group winners Mexico to also leapfrog the US and secure fourth spot in the table and a two-leg play-off against Australia.

The US beat Panama 4-0 just last Friday but, despite playing a Trinidad & Tobago side with just three points from nine games before kick-off, never looked close to securing a place in Russia.

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Former USA international Taylor Twellman didn't take it well - with former Everton keeper Tim Howard coming in for specific criticism.

"Tim Howard? He makes that save in his sleep in years past but he's slow to react!" was just the beginning of an eight-minute rant about USA's failure to qualifiy., index News of business criminal law politics soccer sports celebrity lifestyle video images in the world and the world today.

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