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Mexico v Cameroon: Group A World Cup 2014

Mexico v Cameroon: Group A World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014: Mexico's Oribe Peralta celebrates winner

Mexico overcame having two goals controversially ruled out to beat Group A rivals Cameroon courtesy of a goal from striker Oribe Peralta.

Giovani Dos Santos had a volley and header disallowed for what appeared to be mistakes by the assistant referee.

Cameroon rarely threatened but a Samuel Eto’o shot hit the post and Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s free-kick went wide.

However, Mexico secured victory when Dos Santos’s shot was parried before Peralta arrived to slot in the rebound.

Match facts

  • Mexico’s win over Cameroon was their first victory against an African team at a World Cup finals tournament
  • Cameroon have only won one of their last 14 World Cup games
  • Despite firing in four more shots than opponents Mexico (9), Cameroon failed to manage a shot on target until the 90th minute.
  • Francisco Javier Rodríguez attempted 74 passes for Mexico, 38 more than any Cameroon player.

Source: Opta

At a rain-lashed Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Cameroon almost stole a point late on when Benjamin Moukandjo’s free header was acrobatically saved by keeper Guillermo Ochoa.

An equaliser would have been harsh on a Mexico side who put on an impressive performance, combining a strong work ethic with an attacking threat, and should serve them well when they play hosts Brazil on Tuesday, 17 June.

Peralta’s seventh goal in nine competitive games prevented the dubious refereeing decisions from overshadowing the victory, while Cameroon’s quality and prospects of getting into the second round appear limited with Croatia and Brazil to come.

There were questions about how these countries would fare, with both sides changing managers in World Cup qualifying campaigns they scraped through.

A nimble Mexico, though, appeared determined to make the most of their time in Brazil, while a powerful-looking Cameroon showed their struggles had continued into the tournament.

The African side struggled to deal with the wing-backs in the 5-3-2 formation employed by the Aztecs, who appeared to have a legitimate early goal disallowed.

Giovani Dos Santos shows his frustration at having a goal disallowed against Cameroon

Giovani Dos Santos was on loan at Ipswich from Tottenham five years ago

Hector Herrera crossed from the right and forward Dos Santos scored a left-foot volley only for the effort to be ruled out for offside, even though replays showed the strike should have stood.

Cameroon almost made it worse when left-back Assou-Ekotto followed up a marauding run by picking out Eto’o, whose first-time shot hit the outside of the post.

Mexico might have felt annoyed they were not in front and their grievances were added to when they had another goal controversially disallowed and a penalty shout rejected.

Firstly, Dos Santos’s header from a corner was ruled out before the striker had a penalty shout turned down following a challenge from Aurelien Chedjou.

However, Mexico had only themselves to blame for not taking the lead just after the break. Dos Santos helped on a pass to release Peralta only for the striker to have his shot saved by on-rushing keeper Charles Itandje.

The miss was almost punished when Assou-Ekotto’s free-kick deflected just wide before Mexico’s frustration turned to joy.

A Dos Santos shot was initially parried by Itandje but Peralta was on hand to drive in the loose ball home for the winner.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (2) & SUBSTITUTIONS (5)

Mexico

  • 13 Ochoa
  • 22 Aguilar
  • 07 Layún
  • 15 Moreno Booked
  • 04 Márquez
  • 02 Rodríguez
  • 06 Herrera (Salcido – 92′ )
  • 23 Vázquez
  • 10 dos Santos
  • 19 Peralta (Hernández – 74′ )
  • 18 Guardado (Fabián – 69′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Corona
  • 03 Salcido
  • 05 Reyes
  • 08 Fabián
  • 09 Jiménez
  • 11 Pulido
  • 12 Talavera
  • 14 Hernández
  • 16 Ponce
  • 17 Brizuela
  • 20 Aquino
  • 21 Peña

Cameroon

  • 16 Itandje
  • 04 Djeugoue (Nounkeu – 45′ Booked )
  • 02 Assou-Ekotto
  • 06 Song (Webó – 79′ )
  • 03 N’Koulou
  • 14 Chedjou
  • 08 Moukandjo
  • 17 Mbia
  • 09 Eto’o
  • 18 Enoh
  • 13 Choupo-Moting

Substitutes

  • 01 Feudjou
  • 05 Nounkeu
  • 07 N’Guémo
  • 10 Aboubakar
  • 11 Makoun
  • 12 Bedimo
  • 15 Webó
  • 19 Olinga Essono
  • 20 Salli
  • 21 Matip
  • 22 Nyom
  • 23 Ndjock
Ref: Wilmer Roldán
Att: 39,216

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