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World Cup Finals Blog Home: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Mexico vs Cameroon

The World United Through Football Friday, 13th June

Group Match - It Should Have Been Three

Group A

Travel to Mexico Mexico vs Travel to Cameroon Cameroon in Natal.

Match Preview

Mexico have never met Cameroon at a World Cup Finals before.

The two teams did meet in Los Angeles, prior to USA 94; Mexico winning by a solitary goal.

The Match

This is said to be the weakest Cameroon squad since 1982 but with the attacking threats of Assou-Ekotto and Samuel Eto'o they just might feel they could get the better of Mexico in Natal. Mexico in green and Cameroon in yellow; the going is wet.

Mexican fans will feel hard done by after seeing a Giovani dos Santos goal ruled out for offside, after just ten minutes.

Ten minutes later, an excellent run down the left by Benoit Assou-Ekotto almost resulted in a goal for Cameroon, but the snap shot from Samuel Eto'o hit the post.

Just before the half-hour mark, Giovani dos Santos was denied a second goal; again for 'offside'. One wonders if the referees are trying to make themselves a bigger talking point than the games themselves.

These World Cup matches are so important that to let just one person with a flag or whistle be the all-deciding judge sometimes makes a mokery of the technology available to help judicate close calls in a fast-moving game. If only football fans could be allowed to discuss the performance of players rather than the incompetence of officials.

Half-time: Mexico 0 - Cameroon 0

Shortly after the restart, Mexico were on the attack again; the flag stayed down; clocks stopped in Yucatan; but the ball was blocked by Charles Itandje who kept his legs closed, to prevent a nutmeg from Oribe Peralta.

Goalscorers 1:0
On the hour, Mexico had the ball in the back of the Cameroon goal for the third time and there was nothing the linesman could do about it. Charles Itandje intially saved from Giovani dos Santos but could only palm the ball into the stride of Oribe Peralta; who was already drooling at the mouth. No mistake.

Ten minutes later, the goalscorer was taken off to reserve his energy for the encounter with Brazil, on Tuesday, in Fortaleza and replaced by Javier Hernandez.

On ninety minutes, Guillermo Ochoa made an acrobatic leap to catch Benjamin Moukandjo's attempt on goal. One for the cameras more than anything, as the Mexican hadn't had much to do for most of the game.

A minute later, substitute Javier Hernandez - in plenty of space and with enough time to make a wave - hoofed the ball over the bar.

It could have been three for Mexico, who were by far the better team. Cameroon were never really adventurous enough; until the final ten minutes, when they felt in chance of a draw.

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Final Score: Mexico 1 - Cameroon 0
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Goalscorers:
1:0 - Oribe Peralta (60 mins)

Teams

Travel to Mexico Mexico:
13-Guillermo Ochoa; 7-Miguel Layun, 15-Hector Moreno, 4-Rafael Marquez, 2-Francisco Rodriguez, 22-Paul Aguilar; 18-Andres Guardado, 23-Jose Vazquez, 6-Hector Herrera; 10-Giovani dos Santos, 19-Oribe Peralta.

Travel to Cameroon Cameroon:
16-Charles Itandje; 4-Cedric Djeugoue, 3-Nicolas N'Koulou, 14-Aurelien Chedjou, 2-Benoit Assou-Ekotto; 6-Alex Song, 17-Stephane Mbia, 18-Eyong Enoh; 8-Benjamin Moukandjo, 9-Samuel Eto'o, 13-Maxim Choupo-Moting.

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Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
57 mins - Hector Moreno (Mexico)
77 mins - 5 Dany Nounkeu (Cameroon)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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