Mexico plays their final pre-World Cup friendly on Friday, but unlike previous matches, manager Miguel Herrera isn't revealing his lineup before kickoff. When asked about his team on Thursday, he replied "Go ask the Bosnia coach."
It was a dig at Bosnia and Herzegovina manager Safet Sušić, who told Herrera he'd give him his starting lineup before their game earlier in the week, did so, then played a completely different team. Since Herrera wanted to know what kind of preparation he could use the game for, he was understandably displeased.
He plays Portugal on Friday, and his team won't get the benefit of a warm-up against Cristiano Ronaldo. He's resting, as are Raul Meireles and Pepe. Otherwise, Portugal should field a first-choice team, meaning Joao Moutinho should make his return to the starting XI.
Mexico rotated in a few players who were not expected to be first choice for their friendly against Bosnia, and they didn't particularly impress. Expect to see Raul Jimenez, 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez and Miguel Layun return to the bench in favor of Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta and Paul Aguilar. Guillermo Ochoa could get another run in goal as well, as Herrera tries to decide who his No. 1 is heading into the opener against Cameroon.
Match date/time: Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
TV: ESPN2 (U.S. - English), Univision Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), RTP International (U.S., Canada and U.K. - Portuguese), TV Azteca 7 (Mexico), RTP 1 (Portugal)
Online: Watch ESPN (U.S.)
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