An injury time Bruno Alves header gave a depleted Portugal side a 1-0 victory over México in the Gillette Stadium last night but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Miguel Herrera’s side.
Portugal were without leading scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo and he was joined on the sidelines by Pepe, Raul Meireles and Rui Patricio who were all ruled out with injury. Of course, México themselves have had their own injury problems but last night, Miguel Herrera opted to revert back to the far more familiar 5-3-2 formation as they will almost certainly line-up against Cameroon next Friday.
Despite Portugal missing players and creating opportunities of their own it was México who had the more possession and who carved open the clearer chances. Alan Pulido missed possibly the best of the bunch but the profligacy was shared around and Herrera will be hoping that his side will find a more lethal streak over the next few days.
The México coach admitted after the game, “We have to take our chances. We’ve lost because of that.”
If the match had remained goalless, undoubtedly Herrera would have been the more satisfied but instead all of México’s toil was undone when Bruno Alves rose in the 93rd minute to head João Moutinho’s freekick.
Tough on El Tri but hopefully a lesson learned before the World Cup. At this level and in knockout competitions such wastefulness is unlikely to go unpunished.
The manner in which México controlled large parts of the game and created openings will please Miguel Herrera but there are still some questions over who will lineup against Cameroon. Most notably in goal as Herrera gave 45 minutes each to both José Corona and Guillermo Ochoa but a partner in attack for Oribe Peralta also raises questions.
México 0 – 1 Portugal