Mexico 1 Cameroon 0 – Oribe Peralta strikes on the hour
Peralta goal the difference although Mexico the superior team throughout the contest
June 13th, 2014
The Arena das Dundas played host to the second game of the 2014 World Cup, with Mexico joining Brazil on three points following a deserved win against their African opponents.
El Tri were by far the better team and could have been a couple of goals ahead by half-time, although Giovani dos Santos was cruelly denied by the linesman’s flag when replays suggested that the former Tottenham man had scored a perfectly good brace.
Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta were a handful for the Cameroonian defence throughout the game and the pair teamed up in the 61st minute to help their team into the lead.
Dos Santos’ effort was saved by Charles Itandje although his sidekick was there to follow up and ensure that Mexico opened with a victory.
Javier Hernandez replaced the match winner shortly afterwards and the former Manchester United man had a golden opportunity to double Mexico’s lead in the dying embers of the game only to head over.
It mattered little to the scoreline, with Cameroon failing to carve out many scoring opportunities although Guillermo Ochoa had to be alert to deny the opposition with a flying save just before the final whistle.
Mexico are now in pole position to come through Group A although Croatia and Brazil will be tougher opponents for the Central American side, while Cameroon’s prospects of going through look bleak following a weak performance.