Panama striker Blas Pérez scored the first goal in the historic match — marking the first time ever a non-Conmebol team has won in its debut performance.">
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  • Panama team members Blas Perez and Alberto Quintero celebrates after defeating Bolivia.

    Panama team members Blas Perez and Alberto Quintero celebrates after defeating Bolivia. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 June 2016

Panama striker Blas Pérez scored the first goal in the historic match — marking the first time ever a non-Conmebol team has won in its debut performance.

Panama made history by defeating Bolivia 2-1 in its very first Copa America tournament Monday.

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Panama striker Blas Pérez scored the first goal in the historic match — marking the first time ever a non-Conmebol team has won in its debut performance.

Bolivia went on the attack in the second half, scoring a goal in the 55th minute when Juan Carlos Arce broke through the Panamanian defense.

The goal rallied the Panamanian team who responded with vigor, and with minutes to spare Abdiel Arroyo broke the tie, delivering the three points for the small Central American side. 
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