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Portugal 2-1 Mexico
Wednesday, 21 June 2006




Three Mexico fans show their allegiance to their country

Three Mexico fans show their allegiance to their country ahead of the Group D decider against Portugal

Maniche scores the opening goal for Portugal

Portugal's Maniche quickly dispels Mexico's explosive start to the game with a stunning strike in the sixth minute

Pardo delivers a cross ahead of Carvalho

Mexico almost equalise soon after as Omar Bravo's volley from Pavel Pardo's cross falls wide by the slimmest of margins

Sabrosa converts the penalty

After Marquez concedes a silly penalty, Simao Sabrosa converts from the spot to extend Portugal's lead

Ricardo leaps for joy after Simao's goal

Ricardo is all smiles after Simao's goal and Portugal are threatening to run riot with a number of close chances

Fonseca heads home from a corner

But Mexico are deservedly back in it after recalled player Jose Fonseca scores with a fine header to reduce the goal deficit

Bravo is dejected after his penalty miss

It is yet another explosive start by Mexico in the 2nd half as they are awarded a penalty but Bravo's spotkick flies high

Pardo appeals to the referee over Perez's red card

Mexico are down to ten men after Luis Perez receives a harsh yellow card for diving - his second of the match

La Volpe is lost in thought during the game

It is not going right for La Volpe and Mexico as they spurn chance after chance of levelling the game

The referee gestures a free kick

The group D game starts to peter out towards the end with the referee, Lubos Michel, cautioning 8 players

Bravo is disappointed at the final whistle while Portugal celebrate their narrow win

The final whistle comes, both teams are through but Portugal can count themselves lucky to go away with a win



GROUP D: HOW THEY FINISHED

  PGDPTS
  Portugal 3 4 9
  Mexico 3 1 4
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  Angola 3 -1 2
  Iran 3 -4 1


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