The pressure has lifted on Mexico after last nights result. Expected by many to be the second team to push through the groups, they managed to overcome the hosts in the 2012 Olympic final and will be out to upset the odds once again. They have however stuttered lately with two losses, against Bosnia and Portugal, during the build up to these finals. In fact, their whole qualifying campaign was much closer than it should have been. Mexico made hard work out of their groups and needed to overcome New Zealand in their play-off round. Probably the most worrying statistic is the fact that they have had three different managers in change since September 2013 – but seem to have settled on Miguel Herrera who took charge following his recent Mexican league title with Club America. Javier Hernandez of Manchester United might well be their most well-known superstar but goals from Oribe Peralta, who plays for Santos Laguna in his homeland, may boost their hopes significantly.
Cameroon haven’t faired much better; although a draw with Germany on 1st June will give them some hope. Largely expected to fall over at the first hurdle a team with Samuel Eto’o at the helm should never be counted out. The veteran Chelsea striker remains an iconic figure in world football and a threat at the very highest level, as his goals for the Blues this season demonstrate. Volker Finke’s side negotiated a tricky play-off round against Tunisia to get through to the finals; eventually sealing the tie with a comfortable 4-1 aggregate. There had been a few reports recently that suggested the team almost pulled out of the tournament completely, although Finke denies the rumours, due to a payment bonus dispute for their time at the tournament.
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I really hope that has better action.
It ends 1-0 to Mexico. A fully deserved 3 points.
Miguel Herrera got everything right tactically today. Be interested to see how they line up against Brazil.
Poor defending all round – even if Mexico didn’t need to do much of it.
That Hernandez chance was an absolute “sitter”
Cor, that was a great save from Ochoa (considering he has barely been involved).
That was made even better when you consider he was wrong footed and in these weather condition. Held onto the ball really well there.
This second half has still been more Mexico than Cameroon. But, to contradict that, it’s been less one-sided.
Still at 1-0 (and Mexico can still feel a little disappointed that that’s all it is)
All or nothing keeps flashing up on the advert boards around the pitch – what a lie when this has been so mediocre
The Hernandez change was always coming once Mexico went ahead. Cameroon will be chasing for a goal now and the “little pea” is a well known poacher.
My stir fry is more interesting than this game.
Mexico have finally made the breakthrough. Their top scorer from qualifying, Peralta, mops up a rebound as Itandje saves from Dos Santos.
He knew it was going in too.
I’ll give the linesman his due, both were tough decisions with the naked eye. Sadly they were onside (but you have got to be stern in those situations)
The spray is amazing.
Well this didn’t pick up the attacking “quality” of the first half. This has just become a bit dirty.
I’m feed and watered and return one minute late for the second half. If it’s anything like the first we’ll end the game with a barrage of referee abused from Mr. Chiles
Time for a stir fry….
So we are going in 0-0 at the break. Mexico can feel disappointed with at least two of the decisions this half and shout easily be in the lead.
Peralta and Dos Santos are making a nuisance of themselves but Eto’o’o will be hoping for some chances in the second half.
Wait until they start shoving Super Ultra High Arcade Remix Hyper Definition at us.
The commentary team pushing for more use of TV technology in football. GLT was just the key to Pandora’s box.
Mbia and Guardado are really going at it. The Mexican hasn’t had the best season over in the Bundesliga and hasn’t improved much for this either.
Are you reading the advertisements again Ted?
The rain in the Arena Das Dunas stadium is so heavy the ITV coverage is misting over.
Twice Dos Santos has had the ball in the back of Itandje’s net…. again for offside and again an incorrect decision.
Love the slow focus being delivered by some of the crowd based cameramen.
Scrappy isn’t even the word for that goal-mouth action.
Samuel Eto’o drives a shot against the woodwork after a great run from Ekotto.
Mexico are still controlling the game but Cameroon are starting to find a gear to two here.
Far clearer offside given now. Cameroon have the ball in the Mexico net but that one was the right decision.
It’s really opening up now after a solid 15 minutes of Mexican dominance.
They really love to get forward quickly and could do really well on the counter attack. Another cautious decision as Peralta goes over just outside the box. Flagged for Offside but the decision seems, to me, to be correct.
Scandalous decision by the linesman, who will now get loads of stick from the ITV team, who could only tell he was level with the last man after a freeze frame replay.
Dos Santos with a great first time volley but it’s be disallowed.
He’s clearly onside as well. Two bad decisions in two days….
First half chance falls to Mexico as a driven Herrera cross is swept away by Chedjou….
Definitely more intent from the Central Americans so far.
Have the Cameroonians played together before?
So Mexico have a version of wooooooooooooooooooooh, YOU’RE SHIT AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Which takes their number of chants up to two. The other being “ME-XI-CO, ME-XI-CO, RAH! RAH! RAH!”
Cameroon look nervous at the back already. Itandje came through the ranks at Liverpool so I can’t see many clean sheets…
Assou-Ekotto hasn’t cut his hair since the last tournament.
That’s so true, we’ll get England build-up’s constantly – until we get eliminated that is.
Mexico have just kicked us off.
On a positive note, Adrian Chiles will not be on the TV during the Spain/Netherlands match up later…. *sighs of relief all round*
So here we are, Game 2 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Mexico have omitted Javier Hernandez for this one with Peralta and Dos Santos trying to grab some goals instead. Peralta, interestingly, has 8 goals in his last 6 international appearances.
Both of these teams will be looking to grab a win in this one which could make for an interesting tussle. Mexico play with pace and like to move forward swiftly but Cameroon are strong and can play a methodical match when they need to. Eto’o is currently speaking to his teammates and it’ll be up to him to push them forward this evening.
With two other games coming up shortly, its sure to be an action packed night and you can follow it all on 200%.
Rob will be joining me shortly but until then stay tuned for the latest football news here – until we go off on some other tangent.