Panama star scores backheel volley lob wondergoal

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Panama kept their hopes of joining the USA in qualifying for World Cup 2014 in Brazil alive with an extremely late goal by Roberto Chen, but it was the first equaliser from Gabriel Torres that was the highlight.

Panama travelled to Honduras for a match they needed to win to boost their chances of qualification, but a draw was also a result they could live with and they are still in a position to make the finals, should they win their remaining games.

It did not start well, however, as Carlos Costly put the Hondurans ahead with nearly half an hour gone. Panama needed a response and they goto one straight out of the top drawer; Jairo Jiminez got down the left and crossed to the near post, where the ball met the onrushing Torres.

The 24-year-old then beat goalkeeper Noel Valladares with an incredible piece of improvisation; he took the ball on the volley with a delicate backheel flick that lobbed the the Honduras number one on his line.

It was sensational and the reaction of his teammates shows you how much they enjoyed it. Unfortunately the euphoria didn't last long, as Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios restored Honduras' lead a little over ten minutes later.

Chen would eventually be billed as the hero for his 92nd minute equaliser, but Torres was the real star of the show with his outrageous goal.

Watch the amazing backheel volley lob above

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