Julio Dely Valdes’ charges trail fourth-place Mexico by three points, meaning they have to beat the USA and hope Mexico lose away to Costa Rica. That scenario appears unlikely, with Mexico still harbouring hopes of an automatic qualification berth from the CONCACAF section. But with the United States already confirming their place in Brazil next year, Panama will be confident of an upset against Jurgen Klinsmann’s outfit. If Panama are to secure an improbable intercontinental play-off with New Zealand they will have to arrest a run of four games without victory. That included a 1-0 defeat to the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in July, but they will be well backed by the Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez support. Panama’s hopes of a play-off spot were dealt a blow after they lost 2-1 to Mexico on Saturday. Luis Tejada had cancelled out Oribe Peralta’s opener, but with just five minutes remaining Raul Jimenez notched a crucial winner. The United States are already assured of their place as group winners, as they hold an unassailable lead over second-place Costa Rica. Klinsmann’s team have lost just twice in nine outings in the CONCACAF group, and their latest success came with a 2-0 home success over Jamaica on Friday. It took until the 77th minute to find the breakthrough as Graham Zusi netted before Jozy Altidore confirmed the win. Panama’s task is made even more daunting by the USA’s recent form. The United States have tasted defeat just once in 15 matches and head into the fixture in buoyant mood following Friday’s success.
Six world powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – hold talks with Iran on its nuclear programme in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday. No one should expect a breakthrough overnight, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters. Washington is ready to offer Iran rapid relief from economic sanctions if Tehran moves quickly to address concerns that the ultimate goal of its nuclear work was to make bombs, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Any potential sanctions relief, the official said, would be targeted, proportional to what Iran puts on the table. Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful. Im sure they will disagree about what is proportionate, the official said. But we are quite clear about what the menu of options are and what will match what. On the eve of the talks, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the so-called P5+1 nations in negotiations, had dinner with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said Tehran would put its case on Tuesday. We had a good dinner, Zarif told Reuters as he returned to his hotel after the two-hour dinner at the Iranian diplomatic residence in Geneva. When asked if he had given Ashton details of an Iranian proposal, he responded: Proposal is for tomorrow. In a hint that Washington is seriously considering easing sanctions, the U.S. delegation at the talks includes one of its leading sanctions experts – Adam Szubin, the director of the Treasury Departments Office of Foreign Assets Control. The European Unions top sanctions official has also joined the blocs delegation at the talks.
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