Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0, despite two goals being disallowed due to questionable off-sides calls.
Today’s match up between the two Group A teams Mexico and Cameroon, was largely affected by the officals. Following a questionable penalty in the opening game (Brazil v Croatia) the referees once again took the stage in the morning game Friday.
Giovani dos Santos is one of Mexico’s special players. With captain Luis Montes suffering a devestating injury in a tune-up vs Ecuador, dos Santos, Oribe Peralta, Andres Guardado and others must step up. Gio has a flair for the spectacular but his energy and passion have been questioned at times with the Mexican national team, even with his current club team of Villareal in the Spanish Premier League. Gio showed passion and energy Friday for Mexico despite having one clear goal called back for off-sides.
Mexico did not play well in it’s final two warm up games prior to the World Cup, so there were defineatly some questions about the Mexican side. However, Mexico showed great pose and composure as they played well in the early minutes against Cameroon. What looked to be a goal scored in the ’11th minute was disallowed as the referee called Giovani dos Santos offsides. Replay showed Gio was on-sides and the goal should have been allowed. Later in the 1st half Mexico would score off a corner kick but that goal was also disallowed. Both teams entered the half 0-0.
There weren’t many talking points in the second half other than the rain pouring down down in the 2nd half. In the ’61st mintue Mexico was able to penetrate Cameroon’s defense and Giovani dos Santos was in front of goal with a shot opportunity. That shot was deflected by Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Itandje but fell right into the feet of Mexican striker Oribe Peralta who finally put one in for Mexico giving Mexico a 1-0 lead they would never relinquish.
Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made the save of the match in the ’90th minute as he caught a header attempt from Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo. The shot would have evened the game in the final minutes but it was not meant to be. Javier Hernandez would have one last shot on goal for Mexico in the final minutes but he could not finish the cross that ended up directly in front of goal.
Mexico plays Brazil next on 6/17.
Cameroon will play Croatia on 6/18.