• FT

    Iran

    1

    Angola

    1

  • FT

    Portugal

    2

    Mexico

    1

  • FT

    Ivory Coast

    3

    Serb & Mont

    2

  • FT

    Netherlands

    0

    Argentina

    0

FIFA WORLD CUP

Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Referee: Lubos Michel | Attendance: 52000

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Portugal

  • Maniche 6'
  • Simão 24' PEN

2 - 1

FT

Game 39

Mexico

  • Francisco Fonseca 29'
  • 93'

    Confirmation that Mexico are through - Angola haven't done enough against Iran.

  • 93'

    Full time. Portugal record their third straight win to top the group. Missed penalties, red cards and great entertainment, but Mexico, barring an injury-time fightback from Angola, are all but certain to join them in the last 16.

  • 92'

    Boa Morte weaves his way across the pitch. Then Nuno Gomes lays it into the path of Maniche, whose first-time shot is parried by Sanchez.

  • 90'

    Now Nuno Gomes is booked, making it eight yellow cards and one red so far.

  • 90'

    Three added minutes are signalled.

  • 89'

    A rather dangerous free kick from Pardo, which just seems to evade everyone. The jumping Fonseca was closest.

  • 89'

    Fonseca goes for the curler, but his effort lacks power and Ricardo can fall on it.

  • 88'

    Boa Morte, meanwhile, picks up a yellow card after losing the ball and fouling Zinha. Zinha himself is also booked, for rather less specified reasons.

  • 86'

    Terrific effort from Tiago, capitalising on Marquez's mistake to lob his shot at goal. Sanchez ends in the net, the ball goes just over.

  • 86'

    Pardo chips forward for Fonseca but goalkeeper Ricardo is alert to come out and claim.

  • 85'

    Franco spins, juggles and tumbles in the box. No one took his penalty appeal too seriously.

  • 84'

    The Mexican fans can celebrate now. They are going through, despite a probable defeat.

  • 83'

    Terrific cross from Simao which beat the keeper and, but for a desperate interception from Marquez, would have given Nuno Gomes a tap-in.

  • 81'

    And Mexico now bring off Mendez and bring on Franco, presumably to give them another forward in the quest for 2-2.

  • 80'

    Meanwhile, great news for Mexico - Iran have equalised against Angola.

  • 80'

    Boa Morte is the third Portugeuse sub, coming on for Figo.

  • 79'

    Mexico are caught between two stools - do they chase an equaliser or try to prevent a third that could result in their exit?

  • 78'

    Salcido picks out Fonseca with a cross and his glancing header just evades Omar Bravo.

  • 77'

    All rather anarchic here with the 10 men of Mexico in an undefined, random formation, some odd refereeing decisions and a rather entertaining match.

  • 76'

    Maniche has yet another shot from 25 yards. It skews off the outside of his boot.

  • 76'

    As it stands, Mexico will go through on goal difference - unless Angola can get more goals.

  • 75'

    Pardo takes the corner, it comes out to Salcido whose 30-yard shot is blocked.

  • 75'

    Mendez escapes down the right whips in a cross and Caneira turns it behind for a corner.

  • 74'

    It's all rather chaotic stuff and another decision there which really could have been wrong. Not Lubos Michel's finest game.

  • 73'

    Salcido makes a fine run, then a cross evades Zinha and finally Ferreira makes a rash challenge on Bravo which could have been a penalty. A corner in the end.

  • 72'

    Chance for the sub Gomes, but he fires over on the turn.

  • 71'

    Marquez comes forward, slides it through to Castro who, from a really good position, manages the most innocuous of shots.

  • 70'

    Back on the pitch, Caneira lands ackwardly in a challenge with Castro, but he regains his footing rather gingerly.

  • 69'

    Meanwhile Nuno Gomes comes on for Helder Postiga while Mexico introduce Castro for Pineda.

  • 68'

    A rather needless handball from Maniche earns him a yellow card. Lubos Michel's notebook is getting full.

  • 66'

    Zinha has a shot from 20 yards, which he chips over the bar.

  • 65'

    Tiago has a crack from 30 yards, and he doesn't miss by much.

  • 65'

    Simao goes over Marquez's outstretched foot and the Mexican captain is the latest player to be booked.

  • 65'

    And now Mexican nerves are frayed - Angola have scored.

  • 64'

    And Pardo plays Bravo through on goal - he found space in the inside right channel - and from the edge of the box lofts his shot from 20 yards over the bar. Great chance, poor finish.

  • 62'

    A long way back for Mexico, still more dependent upon the score from the other game now that they are down to 10 men. It's Iran 0-0 Angola by the way.

  • 61'

    Meanwhile Miguel departs for different reasons, with Paulo Ferreira replacing him.

  • 61'

    And it's a second yellow card for Perez for diving. He went down under a challenge from Miguel and the rather eccentric referee dismisses the Mexican.

  • 60'

    Mexico think they have another penalty - and instead the referee rueles Perez dived.

  • 58'

    Simao gets to the byline and crosses low. Osorio gets it away.

  • 57'

    And Bravo belts it over the bar. Justice may have been done - Miguel may not have made contact with Perez and the handball was accidental.

  • 56'

    And a second penalty of the game. Perez turned away from Miguel and went down - though the right back also handled the ball.

  • 56'

    At the other end, Pardo lays the ball off to Fonseca, whose scuffed shot is simple for Ricardo.

  • 55'

    Postiga gets a touch now, finding Figo who is fouled, but the move comes to nothing.

  • 54'

    Portugal, excellent in possession, are able to pass it around among their defence and midfield. Postiga, once again, is not involved.

  • 52'

    It is Pardo, who has a go from 30 yards. It curls past the wall but lacks the pace to beat the keeper.

  • 51'

    Marquez lines it up while Pardo, inevitably, is behind it.

  • 51'

    Meira concedes another free kick 40 yards out.

  • 49'

    Fonseca wins a free kick 35 yards out. Pardo curls it straight into Ricardo's arms.

  • 49'

    Zinha spreads play to Pineda. His cross is cleared despite an initial miskick.

  • 48'

    Zinha tries to weave his way through, but Portugal are back in numbers.

  • 47'

    Marquez has reverted to defence for the second half.

  • 46'

    Zinha has come on for Mexico for the second half with the need for goals paramount.

  • 46'

    Back for the second half, which Portugal have kicked off.

  • 45'

    That's half-time. Maniche and Simao put Portugal in control, Mexico came back well with Fonseca scoring and the second half promises much.

  • 45'

    And from an acute angle, Bravo tries to take Mexico level - but he hooks his shot way over.

  • 45'

    One added minute to this very entertaining first half.

  • 45'

    Ricardo hurt himself in the process, but he's kept Portugal in the lead. It looks like he can continue.

  • 44'

    Great save again! It is Ricardo, with a point-blank block from Fonseca after a brilliant cross from Pardo. And then Marquez couldn't turn it in.

  • 44'

    And that's a better shot. Pardo, from 30 yards, draws a diving stop from Ricardo.

  • 43'

    The shot-happy Maniche goes for goal again. His 30-yarder is rather easy for Sanchez. Still, he looks a rival to Frank Lampard in the prestigious battle to have most long-range shots in the tournament.

  • 42'

    Maniche can't drill his shot through a crowd of players. It was Marquez who got the block in.

  • 41'

    Meira halts a couple of Mexican attacks, but they come forward again until Marquez - again - wastes a pass. Not his day so far.

  • 39'

    And Fonseca, who is good in the air, wins another header but can't quite direct it inside the post. Bravo crossed it, and Fonseca is the danger man.

  • 38'

    That is aimed at Carvalho, but can't quite finds its intended target.

  • 38'

    Petit takes a particularly ambitious long-range shot which flicks off Salcido and goes for a corner.

  • 37'

    Ronaldo and Deco are watching from the stands - there's no way Scolari will bring either of them on.

  • 36'

    Maniche intercepts Marquez's pass and looks for Figo. He finds Miguel and then Tiago, but a promising move breaks down when his pass is blocked.

  • 35'

    Figo delivers, it is headed away at the near post.

  • 34'

    Miguel beats one man and the second, Salcido, concedes a corner.

  • 33'

    Pardo takes and this time the header goes straight up in the air, so Ricardo takes easily.

  • 33'

    Free kick near the corner flag and once again Pardo comes over to take control. Marquez gets the flick-on, but wins a corner.

  • 32'

    Meanwhile Perez goes for a theatrical roll after a challenge from Maniche.

  • 32'

    Now Mexico's passing shows that they have got a bit of confidence back - something of a swagger, which had deserted them.

  • 31'

    And after looking down and out, Mexico are back in it.

  • 30'

    Fonseca got away from his marker and Portugal had left the back post unguarded.

  • 30'

    GOAL! Mexico are back in it now - Fonseca with the angled header from Pardo's corner.

  • 29'

    Great save! It is Ricardo with his feet to deny Bravo after the free kick came to him. Then it bounced off the bar and over

  • 28'

    A foul by Meira on Bravo gives Mexico a free kick in a decent position to cross.

  • 27'

    And it's nearly three - first Postiga has a shot that Sanchez blocks and then Tiago reaches the rebound to volley over.

  • 27'

    And it's a second booking in a minute - the Mexican Perez, whose foot was raised as he challenged Maniche.

  • 27'

    Miguel fouls Bravo and is booked.

  • 26'

    Caneira charges forward from left back, gets a cross in and Postiga goes down in the box. No penalty this time.

  • 25'

    Well, where do Mexico go from here? 2-0 down to a Portugal team lacking five players. They must be glad that Iran are holding Angola in the group's other game.

  • 24'

    Simao, anyway, has the penalty and he ignores Sanchez's jig along the line to fire it in calmly.

  • 24'

    Needless from Marquez, who tried to claim he was pushed.

  • 23'

    ... which Figo takes, and it is a penalty - MArquez handled the cross. Why?

  • 22'

    Great chance to shoot from here. Figo does, but clips the top of the wall and it's a corner.

  • 21'

    Marquez slips in the centre circle and loses out, Maniche drives forward and is brought down on the edge of the box. Rodriguez fouled him, he is booked.

  • 20'

    Figo himself takes it, but it's easy for Fonseca on the front post. He clears it back to Figo, who crosses to the goalkeeper instead.

  • 19'

    Figo on the burst - shows he he still has some pace - and wins a corner from Salcido.

  • 18'

    Mexico opt for the long pass, Fonseca chases and Carvalho sees it out for a goal kick.

  • 18'

    Without Deco, it is very much a case of Portugal fielding three central midfielders, so it could be tough for Mexico to break them down.

  • 17'

    Then Fonseca crosses and Carvalho heads away. The Portuguese should have an aerial advantage in most duels today.

  • 16'

    Meira concedes a throw near his own corner flag.

  • 14'

    Better ball from Marquez to Fonseca and a spell of decent passing from Mexico until Osorio can't win his header.

  • 14'

    Now Pardo looks for Fonseca, but gives the striker no chance with that pass.

  • 13'

    Marquez wins a free kick for a foul by Caneira, takes it quickly and loses it.

  • 12'

    Perez passes forward to absolutely no one. Miguel is happy for it to run out.

  • 11'

    Figo and Maniche come forward again. The opt not to put the ball in to the box for Postiga - who may not have got a touch yet - until Simao crosses and it is cleared.

  • 10'

    Figo takes on two defenders and thinks he's won a corner. The referee disagrees.

  • 8'

    Bravo rather chops down Petit. Free kick, but the ref keeps his cards in his pocket.

  • 7'

    So close to an equaliser. Pardo crossed and Bravo, at full stretch, volleyed just wide.

  • 7'

    Portugal get a goal with their first attack. Mexico, meanwhile, may already be concerned about events elsewhere

  • 6'

    But give credit to Simao, who set off down the left on a jinking run and sidefooted his pass to the advancing Maniche

  • 6'

    GOAL - a great response, Maniche lifting his shot into the roof of the net.

  • 5'

    Good start from Mexico. Their intent is obvious, but what will be Portugal's approach?

  • 4'

    At the other end, Sanchez comes out of his box to head clear.

  • 3'

    More pressure from Portugal before Maniche relieves it by clearing in his own box.

  • 3'

    An early alarm for Portugal. You'd preusme they would be keen not to lose this, if only because the team who finishes top should avoid the winner of Group C - probably Argentina.

  • 2'

    Marquez starts well finding Fonseca on the right, he dribbles inside two and drills a low shot that Ricardo holds well.

  • 1'

    Mexico seem to have Marquez in midfield today, an attempt to get him to run the game.

  • 1'

    Mexico get us underway and immediately Ricardo is confident enough to stroll around a striker before clearing.

  •  

    The Mexicans - well, some of them anyway - look rather fired up during the national anthems. Failing to beat Angola means this group is still alive.

  •  

    The five rested Portugal players are Ronaldo, Deco, Pauleta, Nuno Valente and Costinha. Mexico, meanwhile, need a point to be sure of qualifying.

  •  

    Portugal leave their booked players - including Deco and Ronaldo - on the bench for the Group D clash. Portugal: Ricardo, Miguel, Ricardo Carvalho, Meira, Caneira, Petit, Maniche, Tiago, Figo, Simao, Pauleta. Subs: Boa Morte, Costinha, Deco, Nuno Gomes, Nuno Valente, Paulo Ferreira, Paulo Santos, Postiga, Quim, Ricardo Costa, Ronaldo, Viana. Mexico: Sanchez, Pineda, Marquez, Osorio, Salcido, Rodriguez, Pardo, Perez, Mendez, Fonseca, Bravo. Subs: Arellano, Borgetti, Castro, Corona, Franc

COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Portugal

  • 13(6)

  • -

  • 22

  • 50%

    50%

  • Mexico

  • 15(6)

  • -

  • 15

Portugal

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Ricardo

D

3 Caneira

D

5 Fernando Meira

D

13 Miguel
D
2 Paulo Ferreira

D

16 Ricardo Carvalho

M

7 Luis Figo
F
15 Luis Boa Morte

M

8 Petit

M

18 Maniche

M

19 Tiago

F

11 Simão

F

23 Hélder Postiga
F
21 Nuno Gomes
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Jorge Paulo Santos
G 12 Quim
D 2 Paulo Ferreira
D 4 Ricardo Costa
D 14 Nuno Valente
M 6 Costinha
M 10 Hugo Viana
M 20 Deco
F 9 Pedro Miguel Pauleta
F 15 Luis Boa Morte
F 17 Cristiano Ronaldo
F 21 Nuno Gomes

Match Stats

  • Portugal
  • Mexico
13(6) Shots (on goal) 15(6)
22 Fouls 15
4 Corner kicks 5
2 Offsides 0
50% Time of Possession 50%
4 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 1
7 Saves 5