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World Cup 2014

Mexico 1 Cameroon 0: Highlights, key battles, and what the result means

Published on Jun 14, 2014 2:54 AM

Mexico had two goals disallowed, but were still able to edge out Cameroon 1-0 to move into second place in Group A of the World Cup Finals.

Played under pouring rain in Natal, the Latin America side were frustrated in the first half, as Giovanni Dos Santos was the victim of two tight offside decisions by the assistant referee.

However, Mexico finally made the breakthrough in the 61st minute, when Dos Santos' initial attempt was saved by Charles Itandje but Oribe Peralta slotted home the rebound.

Mexico's forward Oribe Peralta celebrates after scoring a goal during the Group A football match between Mexico and Cameroon at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP


- Mexico passed the ball well, occasionally with flair comparable to Brazil. However, they struggled to translate the possession dominance into goals, their forwards lacking the killer touch.

- Cameroon were athletic and physical, but were subdued and uninventive in attack. They relied on set pieces to create chances, but look very ordinary when counter-attacking.

Key battle

- The battle for midfield domination was intense, but Mexico showed that their quick, inventive passing trumped the athleticism of the Cameroon midfielders.

Man of the Match

- Has to be Dos Santos tormenting the Cameroon defenders with his darting presence just behind his strikers. The former Tottenham player can create chances for his team-mates, and should have scored two clinical goals, only to be denied by the assistant referee on both occasions.

What the result means

- Mexico need a good result against Croatia, and they will be favourites to advance from Group A together with hosts Brazil.

- But it's looking bleak for Cameroon, who need two positive results against Croatia and Brazil. They need to improve quickly, otherwise it is another group-stage exit for the Indomitable Lions.