Welcome to day two of Footyblog.net’s World Cup live blog.
- Full time: Mexico 1-0 Cameroon
- Peralta give Mexico a second half lead
- Dos Santos has two goals controversially ruled out for offside
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Mexico secure a well deserved win thanks to a goal from Oribe Peralta. The two controversially disallowed goals from Giovani dos Santos in the first half won’t matter as much now. The result moves them level on points with Brazil, who they face next. As for Cameroon, they were poor and face an uphill struggle to qualify now.
FULL TIME: MEXICO 1-0 CAMEROON
90+2′ Mexico should have finished it off. Layún puts it on a plate for Javier Hernandez who puts it over the bar.
90′ Huge chance for Cameroon. Ochoa with a good save from a Moukandjo header. The Cameroonian was unmarked and perhaps should have done better with that.
FOUR MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME
85′ Five minutes to go here. Cameroon starting to attack now. Dangerous cross is cleared desperately by the Mexican defence.
TEAM NEWS: Spain vs Holland
Spain: Casillas; Azplicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba Busquets, Alonso, Xavi; Silva, Iniesta, Costa.
Holland: Cillessen; Janmaat, Vlaar, de Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind; de Jong, de Guzmán, Sneijder; Robben, van Persie.
80′ Cameroon make an attacking change with 10 minutes to go. The experienced Pierre Webo replaced Alex Song. It looks as if Cameroon are going to go 442.
76′ Cameroon still offering very little going forward. Instead, Mexico look more likely to score again. Giovani dos Santos takes a free-kick in a dangerous area but it comes to nothing.
73′ Mexico make a substitution and it is the goalscorer Oribe Peralta who comes off to be replaced by Javier Hernandez of Manchester United.
70′ Cameroon are going to have to get something out of this you feel if they are to have any hopes of qualifying from the group. They have 20 minutes or so to do just that.
60′ Mexico take the lead on the hour mark. Charles Itandje makes a good save from Giovani dos Santos but Oribe Peralta is there to tap it in. He was almost celebrating before he scored. Can’t argue that Mexico do not deserve their lead.
47′ Real chance for Mexico. Peralta goes through after some neat link up play but Charles Itandje stands tall and saves with his legs.
45′ We are back underway in Natal.
Half time: Mexico 0-0 Cameroon
Once again, the officials have been center of attention as they controversially rule out two Mexican goals, both from Giovani dos Santos, for offside. The first one was tight but the second goal should definitely have stood. This match is still evenly poised.
TALKING POINT: Should dos Santos’ efforts have stood? Let us know what you think on Twitter.
30′ Twice Giovani dos Santos has had the ball in the back of the net and twice it has been ruled out. A Mexico corner was flicked on at the near post and finished by the Villarreal man. Again a hugely controversial decision as replays show the flick on was off a Cameroonian head.
21′ Big chance for Cameroon. Samuel Eto’o’s effort is saved by Ochoa following a brilliant run by Benoit Assou-Ekottu. Cameroon well on top here.
19′ Cameroon starting to get into this one now and force a couple of corners, one of which results in Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o sticking the ball in the back of the net. The flag this time rightly goes up as there was a clear offside in the build up.
11′ Disallowed goal for Mexico. Giovani Dos Santos slots home but the offside flag is raised immediately. Replays show it may well have been the wrong decision. Very tight.
’9 Cagey start here, referee seems to be blowing up for almost everything. Mexico slightly edging it you would have to say.
We are about to get underway in Natal. With Brazil and Croatia in the group, surely both sides will need a win to stay in contention.
So no Javier Hernandez in the Mexico starting line-up but experienced Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o is declared fit to start.
Team news for Mexico vs Cameroon (17:00)
Mexico: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez
Cameroon: Itandje, Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Djeugoue, Song, Moukandjo, Eto,o, Choupo-Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh