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Sunday, 11th June 2006
Bravo Mexico

Group D Match

Mexico vs Iran
Nürnberg

Previous Encounters:
On January 9th, 2000 a young Mexico side beat Iran (2:1), in front of a 34,000 crowd at the Oakland Coliseum. Goals for Mexico were scored by two of their four veterans; Luis Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Ali Daei scored for Iran.

The Match:
Before the kick-off, Oswaldo Sanchez (who had just returned from his father's funeral in Mexico) received flowers from the opposite number one, Ebrahim Mirzapour.

Iran, all in red, kicked off from right to left.

After a nice little cross-field dribble by Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia tested the accuracy of Teamgeist with a long-range shot that only just missed the target.

The first real chance of the game (double chance really) fell to Iran in the 11th and 12th minutes; Sanchez eventually making a good reflex save from a close-range header. Iran looked the better side early on.

After a succession of free-kicks for Mexico, it finally clicked in the 28th minute; Pavel Pardo again taking it, Guillermo Franco flicking it across the goal with his head, for Omar Bravo to tap the ball in and complete the move that's probably been worked out on the training ground plenty of times.

Iran didn't lose focus, kept pushing and were soon rewarded from a corner. Sanchez probably should have claimed the cross, before the headed ball clattered into him and fell nicely for Yahya Golmohammadi to punish the Mexicans.

A nice even first-half.

Half-time: (1-1).

Mexico made a double substitution at the start of the second-half; something of a Ricardo La Volpe tradition.

Then Jared Borgetti pulled up with what looked like a hamstring strain, five minutes after the re-start, and needed to be replaced; leaving Mexico with no more substitution options for the last forty minutes.

Just before the hour, Mexico might consider themselves not to have had a penalty; when Marquez was nudged to the floor.

Just when it looked like there wouldn't be a breakthrough, Mexico scored two goals in three minutes to put the game out of Iran's reach.

The first came from a poor clearance by the erratic Mirzapour. The ball was headed back towards the area and badly cleared again from a defender to half-time substitute, Antonio Naelson. The Mexican number seven, better known as 'Zinha' passed the ball through for Omar Bravo to run onto, beat the slipping Iranian keeper and send La Volpe into a sideline rapture.

Then the Brazilian-born, 'Zinha' Naelson rose to head home a right-wing cross from Mario Mendez to shatter the Iranians dreams.

As the whistle blows, the Mexican players all run to console a tearful Oswaldo Sanchez; whose proud father is now looking down from the great football stadium in the sky.

Final Score:
Mexico 3 - Iran 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Omar Bravo (28)
1:1 Yahya Golmohammadi (36)
2:1 Omar Bravo (76)
3:1 Antonio Naelson (79)

Our Man of The Match:
Omar Bravo.

Teams

Mexico: (Captain Rafael Marquez)
1 Oswaldo Sanchez; 3 Carlos Salcido, 4 Rafael Marquez, 5 Ricardo Osorio, 16 Mario Mendez; 6 Gerardo Torrado, 8 Pavel Pardo, 14 Gonzalo Pineda; 9 Jared Borgetti, 10 Guillermo Franco, 19 Omar Bravo.

Iran: (Captain Ali Daei)
1 Ebrahim Mirzapour; 4 Yahya Golmohammadi, 5 Rahman Rezae, 13 Hossein Kaabi, 20 Mohammad Nosratii; 2 Mehdi Mahdavikia, 6 Javad Nekounam, 8 Ali Karimi, 14 Andranik Teymourian; 9 Vahid Hashemian, 10 Ali Daei.

Referee:
Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Mexico) - 7 Antonio Naelson on for 10 Guillermo Franco
46 Mins (Mexico) - 23 Luis Perez on for 6 Gerardo Torrado
52 Mins (Mexico) - 17 Francisco Fonseca on for 9 Jared Borgetti
62 Mins (Iran) - 21 Mehrzad Madanchi on for 8 Ali Karimi
81 Mins (Iran) - 15 Arash Borhani on for 20 Mohammad Nosratii

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
18 Mins - Gerardo Torrado (Mexico)
55 Mins - Javad Nekounam (Iran)
90 Mins - Carlos Salcido (Mexico)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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