Mexico have kicked off their 2014 World Cup campaign with a deserved win over Cameroon in Group A. The game wasn’t without it’s controversies though as Mexico had two first half goals wrongly ruled out for offside.
The World Cup’s second game got under way in driving rain at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal.
It only took 10 minutes for the games’ first big talking point when Mexico striker Giovanni Dos Santos volleyed Hector Herrara’s cross into the net but the goal was ruled out for offside, replays showed that the Villarreal man was onside.
After 22 minutes Cameroon had a big chance against the run of play when Benoit Assou-Ekotto broke into the Mexico box and crossed for Samuel Eto’o but the 33 year old could only rattle the post with his shot.
Then, with half an hour on the clock, Mexico had the ball in the net for the second time and once again the goal was ruled out for offside. Again it was Dos Santos who put it there, reacting first to a loose ball in the box after a corner, for the second time in the game replays showed that the goal should have stood.
When the half time whistle went the score remained 0-0 much to the frustration of the Mexican players, staff and fans.
Cameroon threatened to take the lead after the break when Assou-Ekotto’s 25 yard, curled free kick flashed just inches wide of the Mexico goal.
The breakthrough finally came on the hour mark for Mexico as Herrara found Dos Santos’ well timed run, the 25 year old saw his shot well saved but Oribe Peralta was on hand to pass the rebound into the empty net.
Cameroon created little in the last half an hour and could have stolen a point in the last minute when Benjamin Moukandjo’s powerful header was impressively saved by Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa.
The game ended 1-0. The result puts Mexico second in group A, behind Brazil on goal difference.
While Mexico will be happy with the win the disallowed goals will be a source of frustration for coach Miguel Herraera, his men me would be top of group A had Dos Santos’ first half goals have stood.
Next up for Mexico is the hosts Brazil on Tuesday 17th while Cameroon are next in action on the 18th against Croatia.