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Portugal and Mexico make 2nd stage

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Maniche's shot sets Portugal on their way to winning the group.

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GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Portugal beat 10-man Mexico 2-1 in a match decided by two penalties on Wednesday to go into the second round of the World Cup with maximum points from Group D.

The Portuguese seemed to be cruising when they went 2-0 up thanks to a sixth minute goal by Maniche and a Simao Sabrosa penalty in the 24th.

Mexico, who also qualified for the next stage after Angola were held 1-1 by Iran, hit back in the 29th minute through Jose Fonseca but saw Omar Bravo blaze his spot kick over the bar in the 57th.

Four minutes later Luis Perez, already booked in the first half, tried to get Mexico a second penalty but was shown a red card for diving.

Portugal's success earned Luiz Felipe Scolari a World Cup record of 10 successive victories as a coach.

"Ten wins in the World Cup is the kind of thing that would mark anybody's life, especially mine," he told reporters.

Scolari led Brazil to seven consecutive wins when they lifted the World Cup in South Korea and Japan four years ago -- and Portugal have started with three straight in Germany.

"It wasn't a game where everything was at its best but the way the team carried itself from beginning to end, I think it was good," said Scolari after the win in Gelsenkirchen.

"We take two benefits from this match. Firstly we left five players out. We have protected them from a second yellow and we have them fit for the second round.

"Then, the players we brought in today are strong-minded and have shown me they can play in the next round."

Missed chances

Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe said his team did not convert enough of their goal chances.

"I believe our main problem is scoring," said La Volpe. "We had a penalty and didn't get it in. We have the forwards we need, we get to the opposing goalkeeper but we must put away our chances."

Portugal will play the runners-up in Group C, the Netherlands, in Nuremberg on Sunday with Mexico facing the winners, Argentina, on Saturday.

They went ahead when Maniche supplied Simao Sabrosa, who made a lovely run on the left flank before returning the ball for his team-mate to hammer home.

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Fonseca poses after heading Mexico back into contention in the Group D tie.

Portugal increased their advantage after an inexplicable handball in the box by Mexico's captain Rafael Marquez.

Winger Simao stepped forward to convert the 24th minute penalty, stuttering only slightly before firing the ball beyond goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez.

Mexico replied five minutes later when Fonseca headed home from a Pavel Pardo corner.

Fonseca almost equalized six minutes before the interval from an Omar Branco cross but his header went just wide.

After the break, Mexico kept up the attack, with Fonseca, who started instead of Guillermo Franco, having a say in most of the attacks.

In the 56th minute, a Pardo cross found Bravo who tapped it to Fonseca, but the shot lacked sufficient power to get past Ricardo.

A minute later, Mexico had a chance to equalise after Miguel touched the ball with his hand in the box, but Bravo's penalty sailed into the crowd.

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