Your Welsh mate is a right buzzkill, isn’t he?
There you were, halfway through the chorus of Three Lions, St George’s flag draped over your shoulders, and Rhys mutters something along the lines of: “Calm down, it’s only Panama.”
Don’t you think we know those canal-enthusiasts aren’t up to much?
We’ve just won an actual World Cup game 6-1 for crying out loud, let us enjoy it.
Since our our daffodil-chomping neighbours have been so keen to remind us that Panama seemingly qualified for the World Cup through some sort of raffle, let’s cast our minds back just seven months…
*throat clear* Tuesday November 14th, 2017 — Wales 1 Panama 1
Chris Coleman was yet to step aboard Sunderland’s sinking ship and, with hopes of a lucrative new contract, he fielded an ‘experimental’ Wales side.
Ben Woodburn, David Brooks and Ethan Ampadu were all given their first starts at international level in a side with an average age of 24.
Just like England, Wales were awarded a first-half penalty, but unlike Harry Kane, Sam Vokes failed to convert from 12 yards out.
Despite a goalless first half, the Wales fans at the Cardiff City Stadium were in good spirits.
The home crowd exhibited their famous penchant for singing with regular refrains of ‘we want you to stay’ aimed at Coleman.
A procession of substitutes halved the tempo in the second half but just as they game appeared to be winding down, Derby winger Tom Lawrence scored a decent individual goal.
The 24-year-old drifted in off the right flank, cut inside past his man, and placed his finish just inside the base of the far post.
Then, with seconds left on the clock, the visitors struck to snatch a draw.
Armando Cooper latched on to a neat throughball between the centre-backs and made no mistake when slotting his finish past Liverpool keeper Danny Ward.
Wales 1 Panama 1.
We’re all for blooding the next generation but if you draw to a team at home then you should probably keep quiet if your neighbours bin them off 6-1 at a major tournament a few months later.
Anyway, Wales will have the chance to prove us wrong when they play their next World Cup fixtur- oh, wait.