Play off hopefulls Mexico took on African giants Cameroon in a must win fixture for both sides. With Brazil expected to top the group, it was going to be a three way race for the second spot and both Mexico and Cameroon were gunning for nothing less.
The North Americans were largely tipped to nail the fixture and they did so with the help of a neat goal from striker Peralta. The Olympic hero has been in sublime form this season and he deservingly put them ahead after the 61 minute mark. However, going into half time, the scoreline should have read 2-0 in favor of the Mexicans, who were denied two goals owing to wrong off side calls. Dos Santos was the unlucky chap on both the occasions and it was his saved shot that led to Mexico’s third goal.
Cameroon on the other hand had a lackluster day on the field. They neither dominated possession nor the game and fell short of ideas right from the word go. Eto’o was relatively absent throughout the game and there was no link up play between the medio’s and their strikers. Cameroon has now lost 5 consecutive world cup matches and they need to get their act together quick and fast.
Mexico enjoyed 61% of possession throughout the game. It was also their first win over an African opponent in the World Cup.
Mexico – Mexico: Ochoa; Moreno, Layun, Rodriguez, Marquez, Aguilar; Vazquez, Herrera, Giovani dos Santos, Peralta, Guardado
Marco Fabian (for Guardado, 69′)
Javier Hernandez (for Peralta, 74′)
Carlos Salcido (for Herrera, 90′)
Cameroon: Itandje; Assou-Ekotto, Djeugoue,Chedjou, Nkoulou, Enoh; Mbia, Song, Moukandjo,Choupo-Moting; Eto’o
Dany Nounkeu (for Djeugoue, 46′)
Pierre Webo (for Song, 79′)
Man of the match – Giovani Dos Santos was the deserving man of the match. The former Spurs man, despite being wrongly ruled out offside on two occasions played with a lot of flare to give the Cameroon defense a torrid time.