Thomas Christiansen believes Panama can rise to the occasion when they face Colombia in the Copa America quarter-finals on Saturday.

Panama are competing in the tournament for the second time, and have already made history after reaching the knockout stages for the first time.

They finished as runners-up in Group C behind Uruguay after wins over the USA and Bolivia, and now face a tough test against Group D winners Colombia, who are on a 26-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Christiansen admitted he had wanted to be the surprise package before the tournament, and he has now urged his team to take that one step further.

"I don't need to tell [his players] anything," the head coach said.

"They know that they have made history. But we don't want to stop there. We want to try and go a step further, and hopefully, we can do that.

"We're not going to take anything for granted.

"If they [Colombia] want to look down on us, that's their thing. But we are going to take this match very seriously."