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Panama claim final spot at Women’s World Cup

Panama claimed the final place at football’s Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Paraguay on Thursday in a qualifying tournament in New Zealand.

Panama will be at their first Women’s World Cup and go into Group F with France, Jamaica and Brazil.

They face Brazil in their opening game on July 24 in Adelaide.

Australia and New Zealand are co-hosting the showpiece.

Substitute forward Lineth Isabel Cedeno Valderrama, who plays for Italian club Sampdoria, scored the second-half winner against Paraguay in Hamilton.

Panama join Haiti and Portugal in sealing the remaining spots at the July-August finals.

All three will be making their debuts at the Women’s World Cup.

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