Sunday, June 11, 2006

World Cup: Two goals by Bravo key in Mexican win

Mexico won today by 3 goals to 1 against Iran with two goals by Omar Bravo. Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez (image) returned from his father’s funeral in time to start and, in a touching gesture, Iranian goalie Vahid Hasheminian presented Sanchez with a bouquet of flowers during the pre-game ceremonies. Yet it was a poor clearance attempt in the 76th minute by Hashmenian that led to Bravo’s second tally and broke a 1-1 tie. Substitutions made during halftime and in the 52nd minute when star striker Jared Borguetti became injured were vital in Mexico’s victory, especially that of Brazilian-born midfielder Zinha who assisted on Bravo’s second half goal and put the game out of reach with a goal off a splendid header in the 79th minute. “El Tri” are in good position to qualify for the second round if they beat Angola on Friday; the African side played well in spite of their 1-0 loss to Portugal.

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