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No Hernandez No Problem for El Tri as Mexico Beats Cameroon

Mexico came in to their first game of the 2014 World Cup with their key talking point revolving around striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. Hernandez was to be relegated to the bench in favor of Oribe Peralta and Giovanni Dos Santos. The move paid dividends for El Tri, as Peralta scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Mexico over Cameroon.

Cameroon came in to the 2014 World Cup having lost 13 consecutive games at the World Cup. They were hoping this time around would be different, led by striker Samuel Eto'o in what may be his final World Cup for his country. The Africans could not get anything going and were on the back foot for much of the first half. They were lucky to go in to the half level at 0-0, as the referee had wrongly whistled Mexico offsides on two goals. Mexico was unlucky to be level at the half, however despite feeling hard done by the referee, they came out in the second half ready to play, and took the lead shortly after the break. Oribe Peralta neatly tucked away the only goal of the game off of a rebound after the Cameroonian keeper Itandje denied Dos Santos. The Cameroonians were able to get some late chances, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto springing to life late and providing dangerous crosses, however Guillermo Ochoa was up to the task in the Mexican goal for everything that the Cameroonians could throw his way. His finest moment came in the 90th minute, when he flew through the air, a bit over dramatically perhaps, to snag Moikandjo's header. This ended the Cameroonian attack and the game as well. Mexico claimed a vital three points in their opening game, and join Brazil at the top of the group, however they trail Brazil on goal difference.

Talking Points-

For the second consecutive match the referee was able to greatly influence the game. During Brazil vs. Croatia, the host nation was fortunate to receive a penalty kick with the game level at 1, which, Neymar tucked away. From there the Selecao never looked back, and was able to stave off the Croatian advance for the remainder of the game, and even added a third through Oscar late on. Today the referee signaled two Mexico goals offside, which both should have stood. Mistakes like these cannot happen at this level as they can impact the game, the tournament, and can be the reason for a team's premature exit.

Man of the Match-

Oribe Peralta of Mexico. The forward bagged the only goal of the game, and was instrumental for El Tri. He controlled the game up front and created many chances for Mexico. Mexico never looked the same following his departure for Javier Hernandez late on, as they struggled to keep the ball. He was willing to drop deeper and help the midfield bring the ball forward more then Chicharito was, as the Manchester United forward stayed on the shoulders of the last Cameroonian defenders. Mexico looked a different and better side with Peralta on the field, and look for him to be vital for the Mexicans in the tournament. He can carry this team forward, but they will go as far as he takes them, as he looks to be their best player.