GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Blas Perez scored his third goal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Luis Tejada added a pair in the second half to send Panama through to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over 10-man Nicaragua on Sunday.
Gabriel Gomez also scored for Panama, which finished Group C with four points and ensured it can advance, even if it finishes third in the group. Mexico played leader Guadeloupe later Sunday night.
Perez opened the scoring in the 35th minute, knifing through the defense and heading a cross from Victor Herrera, giving him the tournament goal-scoring lead.
Nicaragua's Franklin Lopez was sent off for a rough foul at the end of the first half, and the Red Tide dominated the second half.
Gomez made it 2-0 in the 56th minute, when Jorge Luis Garces' shot ricocheted off goalkeeper Carlos Mendieta and Gomez played the ball off his chest from the goal line.
Tejada scored the third on a header from Alberto Blanco in the 75th minute, and 13 minutes later chipped in from about 10 yards out over the sprawling Mendieta.