Miguel Herrera's team has one final chance to impress before beginning its World Cup journey next week.Mexico will look to head to Brazil on a high when it faces a Portugal side without star man Cristiano Ronaldo.
The two sides square off in a friendly on Friday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UniMas).
For El Tri, it will be their last friendly before opening the World Cup one week later against Cameroon in Natal. Miguel Herrera’s men have played three friendlies over the past eight days.
The team’s most recent result was a disappointing 1-0 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday night in Chicago. That defeat came off the back of consecutive wins over Israel and then Ecuador.
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At his press conference on Friday, Herrera revealed his starting lineup to face Portugal: Jose de Jesus Corona, Rafael Marquez, Maza Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, Paul Aguilar, Miguel Layun, Jose Juan Vazquez, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Giovani Dos Santos, Oribe Peralta.
Hererra has previously stated that the 11 who start against Portugal are likely to be the same group that starts against Cameroon.
One player who won’t be in the lineup is Luis Montes, who was set to be a key man in Brazil before suffering an awful leg break against Ecuador. Captain Marquez also suffered a foot injury in the same game, but thankfully for El Tri, he'll make his return against Portugal.
For Portugal, all the focus will be on star man Ronaldo, who will not feature against the Mexicans, and appears unlikely to play four days later against Ireland at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The Ballon d’Or winner is battling a "muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendonitis,” the Portuguese Football Federation said on Wednesday.
The thigh injury was known, but the revelation of the knee injury is sure to cause extra worry for Portugal fans, and a bit more optimism for Ghanaians, Germans and Americans.
In addition to Ronaldo, both Pepe and Raul Meireles will miss out against Mexico with injuries.
Portugal will face Ireland in New Jersey four days after taking on Mexico, with the team’s World Cup opener against Germany to follow six days after that.