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Portugal do the minimum

Published on the 11 June 2006 à 23:06 by BV

Thanks to a slender 1-0 victory over a tenacious Angola side, Portugal made a winning start to their World Cup campaign. Lyon's <b>Tiago</b> played 81 minutes of the match as defensive midfielder.

In the fourth minute of the match, Tiago intercepted an Angolan header and released Luis Figo. Figo then dribbled his man in the penalty box and cut the ball back for Pauleta to score the game's only goal with his left foot. Despite two great efforts on target (46' and 60'), the Olympian was unable to add a second goal.
At the end of an entertaining match, the Portuguese held on for the win and rejoined Mexico at the top of the Group D standings.

Earlier in the afternoon the Mexicans finally overcame Iran. With the score locked at 1-1 after 76 minutes, Ricardo Lavolpe's capitalised on defensive errors to finally run out 3-1 winners.

Mexico play Angola on Friday, June 16 while Portugal take on Iran on Saturday June 17 in Francfort.

Group D results:
Mexico 3–1 Iran
Portugal 1–0 Angola

Group D standings:
1. Mexico 3 points (+2); 2. Portugal 3pts (+1); 3. Angola 0pts (-1); 4. Iran 0pts (-2)