Wednesday, 21st June 2006
Portugal Top The Group
Portugal vs Mexico
A 1969 friendly between Portugal and Mexico doesn't count for much, as it ended in a (0:0)
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
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.
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.
Portugal 2 - Mexico 1
1:0 Nuno Maniche (6)
2:0 Sabrosa Simao (24pen)
2:1 Francisco Fonseca (29)
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.
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.
Lubos Michel (Slovakia)
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
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)
1 Red Card:
61 Mins - Luis Perez (Mexico)
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