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Copa America: Panama vs. Bolivia

ORLANDO, Fla. — Blas Perez scored two goals, including the winner in the 87th minute, and Panama beat Bolivia 2-1 on a rainy Monday night in a Group D Copa America opener.

Abdiel Arroyo beat a defender at the edge of the 18-yard box, pulling out goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. Arroyo found a trailing Perez in front of an empty net.

Panama became the first non-CONMEBOL team to win its Copa America debut.

Perez opened the scoring in the 11th minute. After forcing a turnover deep in Bolivia territory, Alberto Quintero ran down a through ball near the goal line, fed a cross in front of the net, and Perez made a sliding finish. Juan Carlos Arce tied it 1-1 in the 54th. A long free kick was deflected inside the 6-yard box and an open Carlos Arce powered it into the net.

Bolivia's Jhasmani Campos (10) and Panama's Abdiel Arroyo
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Bolivia's Jhasmani Campos (10) and Panama's Abdiel Arroyo (16) collide going for the ball during the second half of a Copa America Group D soccer match at Camping World Stadium, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Panama won 2-1.

Panama's Adolfo Machado celebrates during a Copa America
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Panama's Adolfo Machado celebrates during a Copa America Centenario match against Bolivia in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Bolivia's Diego Bejarano (4) kicks the ball past
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Bolivia's Diego Bejarano (4) kicks the ball past Panama's Alberto Quintero (19) during the first half of a Copa America Group D soccer match at Camping World Stadium, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Orlando.

Bolivia's Carlos Lampe (1) blocks a shot on
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Bolivia's Carlos Lampe (1) blocks a shot on goal by Panama during the second half of a Copa America Group D soccer match at Camping World Stadium, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Panama won 2-1.

Panama's Abdiel Arroyo, left, tries to move the
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Panama's Abdiel Arroyo, left, tries to move the ball past Bolivia's Juan Carlos Arce (7) during the second half of a Copa America group D soccer match at Camping World Stadium, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Panama won 2-1.

Panama's Gabriel Gomez, center, is marked by Bolivia's
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Panama's Gabriel Gomez, center, is marked by Bolivia's Jhasmani Campos during their Copa America Centenario tournament match in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Panama's Blas Perez Ortega, left, scores against Bolivia
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Panama's Blas Perez Ortega, left, scores against Bolivia during their Copa America Centenario tournament match in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Bolivia's Pedro Azogue is marked by Panama's Anibal
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Bolivia's Pedro Azogue is marked by Panama's Anibal Godoy during the Copa America Centenario tournament match in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Spectators sit under the rain as they watch
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Spectators sit under the rain as they watch the Copa America Centenario tournament match between Panama and Bolivia in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Panama's players celebrate after teammate Blas Perez Ortega
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Panama's players celebrate after teammate Blas Perez Ortega scored against Bolivia during their Copa America Centenario tournament match, in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Panama's Armando Cooper vies for the ball with
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Panama's Armando Cooper vies for the ball with Bolivia's Nelson Cabrera and Pedro Azogue during the Copa America Centenario match in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Players of Panama pose for pictures before the
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Players of Panama pose for pictures before the start of the Copa America Centenario tournament match against Bolivia in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

The Bolivian national team poses before the Copa
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The Bolivian national team poses before the Copa America Centenario match against Panama in Orlando on June 6, 2016.

Luis Henriquez #17 of Panama fights for the
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Luis Henriquez #17 of Panama fights for the ball with Alejandro Melean #13 and Diego Bejarano #4 of Bolivia during a match during the 2016 Copa America Group D at Camping World Stadium on June 6, 2016 in Orlando.

Bolivia huddles during a match against the Panama
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Bolivia huddles during a match against the Panama during the 2016 Copa America Group D at Camping World Stadium on June 6, 2016 in Orlando.

Bolivia greets Panama during a match during the
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Bolivia greets Panama during a match during the 2016 Copa America Group D at Camping World Stadium on June 6, 2016 in Orlando.

Panama's Luis Tejada (10) and Bolivia's Diego Bejarano
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Panama's Luis Tejada (10) and Bolivia's Diego Bejarano (4) battle for possession of the ball during the second half of a Copa America Group D soccer match at Camping World Stadium, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Panama won 2-1.

Blas Perez #7 of Panama and Ronald Eguino
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Blas Perez #7 of Panama and Ronald Eguino #21 of Bolivia fight for the ball during a match during the 2016 Copa America Group D at Camping World Stadium on June 6, 2016 in Orlando.

Yasmani Duk #9 of Bolivia and Adolfo Machado
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Yasmani Duk #9 of Bolivia and Adolfo Machado #13 of Panama fight for the ball during a match during the 2016 Copa America Group D at Camping World Stadium on June 6, 2016 in Orlando.

Perez #7 of Panama celebrates the game-winning goal
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Perez #7 of Panama celebrates the game-winning goal during a match against the Bolivia during the 2016 Copa America Group D at Camping World Stadium on June 6, 2016 in Orlando.

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