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Wednesday, 21st June 2006
Portugal Top The Group

Group D Match

Portugal vs Mexico
Gelsenkirchen

Previous Encounters:
A 1969 friendly between Portugal and Mexico doesn't count for much, as it ended in a (0:0) draw.

The Match:
In the second minute, Mexico showed their intentions to try and win the group as Francisco Fonseca jiggled into the box on the right. His shot was an easy save for Alexandre Ricardo though.

Portugal had the same idea and replied with a goal four minutes later, as Sabrosa Simao's cross from the left was straight into the path of Nuno Maniche.

A penalty was awarded to Portugal, in the 23rd minute, as Rafael Marquez jumped to head and raised his hand to give a slight flick to ball's direction.

Oswaldo Sanchez jumped all over the line, eventually dived the right way but Simao's spot-kick went in above the flying Mexican.

Ricardo had to be alert, four minutes later, to deny Omar Bravo his third goal of the tournament. From the corner that followed, Francisco Fonseca headed inside the far post (no defender there) to bring Mexico back into the game.

Two minutes from half-time, Ricardo stopped Fonseca pulling Mexico level; although he only saw the shot at the last second, when Omar Bravo ducked, while the ball was in flight.

Then another goal-mouth scare, as Portugal struggled to clear and Fonseca collided with Ricardo; the goalkeeper rolling into the back of the net.

Half-time: (2:1).

Just when the game seemed to have lost its urgency, Luis Miguel gave away a penalty with a lunging tackle and handball. Omar Bravo missed the 57th minute spot-kick and Portugal could breathe again.

Another penalty appeal was turned down, again involving Miguel. As the defender was already on a yellow card, he was promptly substituted.

No such luck for Luis Perez; whose second yellow card, just after the hour, reduced Mexico to 10 men.

Portugal just played the time out.

Final Score:
Portugal 2 - Mexico 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Nuno Maniche (6)
2:0 Sabrosa Simao (24pen)
2:1 Francisco Fonseca (29)

Teams

Portugal:
1 Alexandre Ricardo; 3 Marco Caneira, 5 Fernando Meira, 13 Luis Miguel, 16 Ricardo Carvalho; 7 Luis Figo, 8 Armando Petit, 11 Sabrosa Simao. 18 Nuno Maniche, 19 Cardoso Tiago; 23 Helder Postiga.

Mexico:
1 Oswaldo Sanchez; 3 Carlos Salcido, 4 Rafael Marquez, 5 Ricardo Osorio, 16 Mario Mendez, 22 Francisco Rodriguez; 8 Pavel Pardo, 14 Gonzalo Pineda, 23 Luis Perez; 17 Francisco Fonseca, 19 Omar Bravo.

Referee:
Lubos Michel (Slovakia)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Mexico) - 7 Antonio 'Zinha' Naelson on for 22 Francisco Rodriguez
61 Mins (Portugal) - 2 Paulo Ferreira on for 13 Luis Miguel
69 Mins (Mexico) - 15 Jose Antonio Castro on for 14 Gonzalo Pineda
69 Mins (Portugal) - 21 Nuno Gomes on for 23 Helder Postiga
80 Mins (Mexico) - 10 Guillermo Franco on for 16 Mario Mendez
80 Mins (Portugal) - 15 Luis Boa Morte on for 7 Luis Figo

Yellow Cards 9 Yellow Cards:
22 Mins - Francisco Rodriguez (Mexico)
26 Mins - Luis Miguel (Portugal)
27 Mins - Luis Perez (Mexico)
61 Mins - Luis Perez (Mexico)
65 Mins - Rafael Marquez (Mexico)
69 Mins - Nuno Maniche (Portugal)
87 Mins - Antonio 'Zinha' Naelson (Mexico)
88 Mins - Luis Boa Morte (Portugal)
90 Mins - Nuno Gomes (Portugal)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
61 Mins - Luis Perez (Mexico)

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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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