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Portugal 2-1 Mexico
Wednesday, 21 June 2006


N Maniche 6
S Simao 24 (pen)


F Fonseca 29


L Miguel 26yellow card
N Maniche 69yellow card
L Boa Morte 88yellow card
M Nuno Gomes 90yellow card


F Rodriguez 22yellow card
L Perez 27yellow card
R Marquez 65yellow card
A Zinha 87yellow card


Sent off:

L Perez 61red card



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Shots on target

6 6

Shots off target

5 8


4 5


23 15


  • 01 A Ricardo
  • 13 L Miguel yellow card (61 R Paulo Ferreira )
  • 16 A Ricardo Carvalho
  • 05 F Meira
  • 03 M Caneira
  • 08 A Petit
  • 18 N Maniche yellow card
  • 19 C Tiago
  • 07 L Figo (80 L Boa Morte yellow card )
  • 11 S Simao
  • 23 H Postiga (69 M Nuno Gomes yellow card )


  • 15 L Boa Morte,
  • 06 F Costinha,
  • 20 A Deco,
  • 21 M Nuno Gomes,
  • 14 J Nuno Valente,
  • 02 R Paulo Ferreira,
  • 22 J Paulo Santos,
  • 09 P Pauleta,
  • 12 S Quim,
  • 04 M Ricardo Costa,
  • 17 C Ronaldo,
  • 10 H Viana


  • 01 O Sanchez
  • 14 G Pineda (69 J Castro )
  • 04 R Marquez yellow card
  • 05 R Osorio
  • 03 C Salcido
  • 22 F Rodriguez yellow card (45 A Zinha yellow card )
  • 08 P Pardo
  • 23 L Perez yellow card red card
  • 16 M Mendez (80 G Franco )
  • 17 F Fonseca
  • 19 O Bravo


  • 21 J Arellano,
  • 09 J Borgetti,
  • 15 J Castro,
  • 12 J Corona,
  • 10 G Franco,
  • 20 R Garcia,
  • 18 A Guardado,
  • 11 R Morales,
  • 13 G Ochoa,
  • 02 C Suarez,
  • 06 G Torrado,
  • 07 A Zinha

Ref: Lubos Michel
Att: 52000


PLAYER-RATER: Mexico's dominance in the second half is reflected in your player-rating votes, with striker Fonseca taking the honours with an average rating of 8.85 out of 10. Portugal midfielder Maniche's impressive display earns him a mark of 8.51.

FULL-TIME: Portugal 2-1 Mexico
Portugal seal the win that earns them top spot in Group D with three wins from three, while Mexico join them in the second round following Angola's draw with Iran. Despite dominating the first half-hour, Scolari's side can count themselves lucky to have snatched victory following the Mexicans' second-half resurgance - which was barely affected by Perez's harsh red card.

90+1 mins: With the game petering out, Nuno Gomes becomes the eighth player in the referee's book.

88 mins: Boa Morte marks his World Cup bow with a yellow card, seconds after Zinha goes into the book. That makes it seven players cautioned this evening.

87 mins: Comical keeping here as Sanchez, in a rush to spark a Mexico counter-attack, only finds Tiago with his throw out, but the midfielder's long-range return drifts over the bar.

83 mins: Both sides are tiring, but Portugal almost extend their lead when Simao's cross is superbly defended by Marquez under pressure from Nuno Gomes. In the process he clashes with his own keeper Sanchez, but the number one is fit to continue after treatment.

80 mins: Luis Boa Morte takes to the pitch for his first World Cup appearance in place of Luis Figo, while Guillermo Franco comes on for Mario Mendez for Mexico.

80 mins: Well the debate may be over. Iran equalise against Angola in Leipzig - putting Mexico firmly in pole position to go through alongside Portugal no matter what happens here.

79 mins: It's clearly a conundrum for Mexico. They appear desperate to chance their arm in search of an equalising goal that would guarantee them a second round spot - but then in doing so they risk going further behind, which would leave Angola one goal away from pipping them to second spot. As it is, attack is the name of the game.

"If you had just walked into the stadium you wouldn't know which side had 10 men, so well are Mexico playing," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

77 mins: Portugal striking legend Eusebio looks on in the crowd. How Mexico would love to have him finishing off one of their many chances this half.

75 mins: Despite only having 10 men, there's only one team in it at the moment. Mexico, clearly unwilling to leave their qualification hopes in the hands of Iran defenders, are enjoying attack after attack in Gelsenkirchen.

73 mins: Portugal are lucky not to concede another penalty - just as they were when Perez went off earlier in truth - after Perreira goes through the back of Bravo, but only a corner is given.

72 mins: Nuno Gomes almost makes an immediate impact, but first he steps over Figo's cross when it looked better to shoot, before he turns another effort over the bar from eight yards.

69 mins: Castro is on for Mexico in place of Pineda, while Nuno Gomes replaces Portugal striker Postiga.

68 mins: Maniche goes into the book - the fourth player to get a yellow card.

It's not a sentiment shared by Jewell: "A great game of football has been hijacked by a poor refereeing decision," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

PLAYER RATER: The results are in - and 81.8% of you believe Perez was right to get a second yellow card for going down too easily under the challenge of Miguel.

66 mins: Tiago attempts to up the pressure on the men in white, but his long-range effort drifts wide.

65 mins: Mexico fans get wind of a goal in Leipzig and it's not good news - Angola have taken the lead through Flavio. La Volpe's side are through to the second round on goal difference as it stands, but will they live to regret a hatful of missed chances?

64 mins: Another gilt-edged chance for Mexico goes begging and Portugal are living on their nerves. Omar Bravo races through the heart of the defence but puts his lobbed effort over the bar.

61 mins: Clearly unhappy with the start to the half from his side, Scolari takes off Miguel and Chelsea right-back Paulo Ferreira enters the fray.

60 mins: RED CARD
Mexico are down to 10 men. At first it looked as though La Volpe's side had been given their second penalty in two minutes, but instead Luis Perez receives a yellow card for diving - his second of the match - and he has to go off. Harsh.

58 mins: MISSED PENALTY Portugal 2-1 Mexico.
A huge let-off for Portugal. More good play from Perez prompts Miguel into a needless handball and it is well spotted by the eagle-eyed referee. However, Bravo opts for power and his spot-kick flies high into the stands without ever looking likely to trouble Ricardo.

56 mins: Fonseca and Bravo link up well on the edge of Portugal's box, but the former's strike is collected by Ricardo. Mexico look the only team going for goal at the moment.

55 mins: Scolari - clearly unhappy with Portugal's sluggish start to the half - is directing traffic on the touchlines with a face like thunder.

52 mins: Long-range efforts are the order of the day, but Pardo's free-kick from 40 yards slips wide.

"Portugal haven't looked comfortable in dealing with crosses - though the quality of Mexico's crossing has been exceptional," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

49 mins: With Angola and Iran currently drawing, both these sides are assured of qualification as things stand - and the game has picked up where it left off in the first half - open and exciting.

46 mins: Mexico coach La Volpe brings Zinha on for Rodriguez, allowing Marquez to retreat back to his more familiar role in the centre of defence.

PLAYER RATER: Mexico goalscorer Fonseca is the man getting your votes on player-rater at the moment. He leads with an average of 8.94 out of 10, with Portugal midfielder Maniche in second spot on 8.54.

HALF-TIME: Portugal will rue allowing Fonseca's goal to put a spoiler on what had been an excellent opening half-hour, but Mexico certainly came back into it late in the half and will fancy their chances of scoring again in the second 45.

"It's been hugely enjoyable, with both sides trying to win the match. Mexico have dragged themselves back into the game and finished the first half very strongly," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

45 mins: How Mexico aren't level only Fonseca will know. A stunning ball across a crowded box from Pardo evades the striker, with keeper Ricardo reluctantly padding at the ball under a hefty challenge. The keeper receives treatment - but it can only be theatrics having clearly pulled out of the way of the oncoming Mexican.

42 mins: Mexico coach La Volpe, possibly the toughest looking coach in the competition, looks on with what can only be described as a distainful look. His side are certainly living dangerously at the moment - and they may wish they hadn't when they get into the dressing room.

38 mins: Petit tries his luck with a free-kick from fully 45 yards. You can't doubt the midfielder's ambition, but maybe his execution as it is easily dealt with.

34 mins: The pace is frantic now. With Portugal keen to top the group, and avoid a likely second round match-up against Argentina, they forage forward once more, despite Mexico's increasing success on the break.

"There was no-one on the post for Portugal - if there had been Mexico wouldn't have scored," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

29 mins: GOAL Portugal 2-1 Mexico
Mexico are right back in it. Jose Fonseca celebrates his recall to the starting line-up with a fine glancing header from Bravo's corner to punish some slack Portugal defending.

29 mins: Just as Mexico survive being put out of sight, they force their best opening yet and Ricardo does well to block Bravo's close-range strike, tipping onto the bar from six yards.

28 mins: Former Spurs striker Postiga - looking more dangerous than he ever did at White Hart Lane in truth - brings a fine save from Sanchez, before Figo volleys the rebound over the bar. Portugal are threatening to run riot here.

27 mins: Two bookings in two minutes as the referee forgets his early leniency to show Miguel and then Perez yellow cards.

"That was irresponsible play by Marquez - unforgiveable for a player of his experience," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

24 mins: GOAL Portugal 2-0 Mexico
Marquez concedes a needless penalty by handling the corner, and Simao Sabrosa steps up to confidently convert from the spot. Mexico will be keeping a keen eye on Angola's score against Iran now.

22 mins: Rodriguez is the first player into the referee's book after ending Maniche's fine run with a cynical foul from behind. Figo's free-kick from 25 yards hits the wall and the ball goes out for another corner.

"The game has gone a little bit flat now - the goal has knocked a bit of the stuffing out of Mexico," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

19 mins: Figo, the only player on show over the age of 30, belies his years with a burst of pace to beat Mexico full-back Osorio before forcing the corner. His set-piece, however, his easily dealt with.

18 mins: Bravo, who scored twice in the opener against Iran, looks by far Mexico's most threatening attacker, but another decent run from him down the left is stopped by Meira in the Portugal defence.

15 mins: It is clear that Slovakian referee Lubos Michel is taking a lenient approach to the match as first Bravo and then Maniche get away with warnings after hefty challenges.

11 mins: Following an explosive start, the Portugal midfield tries to settle the game with an extended spell of possession, before Simao gifts the ball back to Mexico with a tame cross.

8 mins: Pardo's cross is met by the flying boot of Bravo, but the striker's volley flies wide as Portugal's lead is preserved by the slimmest of margins.

"The key to that goal was the way he opened his body," Five Live Sport pundit, Wigan boss Paul Jewell

6 mins: GOAL Portugal 1-0 Mexico
Maniche opens the scoring with a super strike - his fifth goal in 30 international appearances. The former Chelsea midfielder fed Simao on the left and followed up to collect the winger's square pass to fire into the top corner from 12 yards.

4 mins: With Barcelona defender Marquez pulling the strings in midfield, Mexico have exploded out of the blocks and Salcido forces another good take by Ricardo following a good break down the left-hand side.

2 mins: Fears that Mexico might make a cautious start to the game are put to bed as Fonseca beats Carvalho and Tiago in the box before testing Ricardo in the Portugal goal with a low drive.

1500 BST: Mexico get the game underway underneath the AufSchalke Arena roof.


1454 BST: The national anthems, perfectly observed as they have been throughout the tournament, get the crowd going - and Brazilian Scolari too who belts out the Portuguese anthem as if it were his own.

1445 BST: Portugal coach Scolari has vowed not to use any of the five players he has on a booking on the bench, even if the score reaches 30-0 to Mexico. Wouldn't that be a cracker! Colin McNamara, Five Live Sport

1441 BST: Portugal fans, celebrating a place in the second round for the first time since 1966 (let's hope that's an omen), are helping provide a raucous build-up in the AufSchalke Arena.

1414 BST: A draw or a win will see Portugal top the group, while a point would see Mexico into the second round and a game against Holland or Argentina from Group C.

Should Portugal see off La Volpe's side, Mexico must pray that Angola don't beat Iran by a hatful and pip them to second spot in Group D.


Portugal: Pereira, Miguel, Caneira, Carvalho, Meira, Petit, Figo, Maniche, Tiago, Postiga, Simao.

Mexico: Sanchez, Mendez, Marquez, Pineda, Osorio, Salcido, Rodriguez, Pardo, Perez, Bravo, Fonseca.

Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia)

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