Recap: Mexico vs. Cameroon
06/13/2014 4:56 PM
06/13/2014 4:56 PM
Natal, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - Oribe Peralta scored the lone goal at the Estadio das Dunas on Friday to hand Mexico three points in its Group A opener with a 1-0 defeat of Cameroon.
Giovani Dos Santos had two first-half goals disallowed, but El Tri managed to bounce back from adversity with Peralta tucking home a 61st-minute shot from close range.
It looked as if the Mexicans would not get the rub of the green after they were harshly denied a goal in the 11th minute.
Dos Santos thought he had given his side the lead when he get on the end of a superb cross and turned the delivery into the back of the net, but he was incorrectly ruled offside and the goal was overturned.
The Villarreal striker had another goal disallowed, this time at the half-hour mark. A corner kick thrown into the mix was flicked on to the back post where Dos Santos was waiting to turn it in, but the assistant referee raised his flag to signal that Mexico's No. 10 was in an offside position when the flick- on occurred.
Mexico eventually grabbed the lead with the goal coming just after the hour mark, and Dos Santos had a hand in creating the scoring opportunity. He split the defense and fired a low shot on goal that was stopped by Charles Itandje, but Peralta was arriving to tuck home the rebound.
It proved to be all El Tri would need to collect all three points as they closed out the match with the narrow lead intact, keeping a clean sheet to see the side go level with Brazil atop Group A with three points apiece.
Despite being denied two goals, Dos Santos looked dangerous throughout the match and earned Man of the Match honors.
"Despite difficult circumstances, we managed to push forward and put on a nice display," Dos Santos said after the contest. "Playing at the World Cup is always a unique experience, and I'm grateful to the coach for the trust he placed in me. I feel good - I'm happy and motivated."
The result sets up a potentially thrilling match between Brazil and Mexico at the Estadio Castelao on Tuesday.
"I'd like to thank the fans that supported us and encouraged us for the duration of the match," Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said after the match. "They need to maintain that confidence in us, because we've now got over our first hurdle, and it's just the start. We plan to fight tooth and nail against Brazil in order to win the match."
Cameroon and Croatia, meanwhile, sit at the bottom of the group with zero points. They will look to bounce back when they meet at the Arena Amazonia on Wednesday.