Portugal v Mexico, 21 June 2006

Score2-1 to Portugal
RefereeLubos Michel
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group D
VenueVeltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance52,000
Kick-Off: 16:00 Local (15:00 BST) Assistant referees: Roman Slysko (Slovakia) Martin Balko (Slovakia) Fourth official: Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt) Fifth official: Mamadou N'Doye (Senegal) Man of the Match: Francisco Fonseca (Mexico) Portugal and Mexico have faced each other only once before. They met in a friendly match in Lisbon on 6 April 1969 and the game ended in a goalless draw. They have since met five times at Under-23, Under-21 and Youth levels.

2  Portugal

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

1  Mexico

Manager: Ricardo La Volpe

Goals:

Maniche 6 G
Simao penalty 24 P

Goals:

Francisco Fonseca 29 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ricardo
Defender Marco Caneira
Defender Ricardo Carvalho
Defender Fernando Meira
Defender/Midfielder Miguel
Midfielder Maniche
Midfielder Petit
Midfielder Simao
Midfielder Tiago
Forward Luís Figo (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez
Defender Mario Mendez
Defender Ricardo Osorio
Defender Carlos Salcido
Defender/Midfielder Rafael Márquez (captain)
Midfielder Pavel Pardo
Midfielder Lucho Pérez
Midfielder Gonzalo Pineda
Forward Omar Bravo

Substitutions:

Paulo Ferreira for Miguel 61
Nuno Gomes for Helder Postiga 69
Luis Boa Morte for Luís Figo 80

Substitutions:

Antonio Naelson for Francisco Rodríguez 46
Jose Castro for Gonzalo Pineda 69
Guillermo Franco for Mario Mendez 80

Cards:

Miguel 26 Y
Maniche 69 Y
Luis Boa Morte 88 Y
Nuno Gomes 90 Y

Cards:

Francisco Rodríguez 22 Y
Lucho Pérez 27 Y
Lucho Pérez 61 Y
Lucho Pérez 61 R
Rafael Márquez 65 Y
Antonio Naelson 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Quim
Goalkeeper Paulo Santos
Defender Paulo Ferreira
Defender Nuno Valente
Defender/Midfielder Ricardo Costa
Midfielder Costinha
Midfielder Deco
Midfielder Hugo Viana
Midfielder/Forward Luis Boa Morte
Midfielder/Forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward Nuno Gomes
Forward Pauleta

On the bench:

Goalkeeper José Corona
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
Defender Jose Castro
Defender Claudio Suarez
Midfielder Rafael Garcia
Midfielder Andrés Guardado
Midfielder Ramon Morales
Midfielder Antonio Naelson
Midfielder Gerardo Torrado
Forward Jesus Arellano
Forward Jared Borguetti

Comments:

This result meant that Portugal finished as winners of Group D. It's the first time Portugal have won all three of their World Cup finals group games since 1966 - the last time they reached the knockout stages. After waiting forty years for a penalty in a World Cup finals game, Portugal have now been awarded a penalty in consecutive games.

Comments:

This result meant that Mexico finished as runners-up of Group D. Omar Bravo missed a 57th minute penalty. This was Mexico first defeat in their last 11 group games at World Cup finals. Their last group loss was against Norway in Washington in 1994.