Relive: Mexico v Cameroon (2014 World Cup)
Cameroon vs Mexico
Cameroon's Samuel Eto’o, right, controls the ball as Mexico's Jose Juan Vazquez, left, challenges (Photo: AP)
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Friday 13 Jun 2014
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Ahram Online provided live coverage of Friday's World Cup game between Mixico and Cameroon in Group A

Full time: Mexico 1-0 Cameroon

90+4 The referee blows the final whistle! Mexico claim their first three points of the campaign as Cameroon have all but lost their qualification chances.

90' Unbelievalbe!! Mexico keeper Ochoa makes a full-stretch dive to deny Moukandjo's guided header to the far post! Excellent from the goalie!!

85' TV replays show that Choupo-Moting's strike had hit Marquez's hands inside the box, but the referee said nothing.

83' Nounkeu makes a crucial interception to clear a dangerous low cross..,

80' Moukandjo's corner kick finds no one...Cameroon look set to wave the competition goodbye from the first round.

79' Cameroon's Webo replaces Song...

77' Nounkeu makes a fierce tackle against Fabian, who earlier replaced Guardado, as the referee awards Mexico as free kick from a golden position at the left.

74' Goal-scorer Peralta makes way as Manchester United's Hernandez is wheeled on.

72' Hernandez is now warming up...

68' The tempo of the game has been somewhat lowered after the goal, if Cameroon are determined to get past the group stage they need to win that game.

62' The result could be deemed a little harsh on Cameroon who threatened their opponents several times, but let's not forget that a goal was incorrectly disallowed for the Mexicans.

61' Dos Santos latches onto a defence-splitting pass to go clear before seeing his strike blocked by the keeper, as Peralta smashes home on the rebound!

61' GOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLL!!!!! Mexico take the lead!!

58' Ekotto's ensuing free kick deflects off teh wall as it misses the target by inches!! 

57' M'Bia felled by Moreno during a dangerous attack on the break for the Cameroonians, as the Mexican defender gets his name into the referee's book.

50' Song makes a fierce lunge against Dos Santos but the Cameroonian escapes a booking! 

48' WHAT A CHANCE!! Peralta latches onto a silky Dos Santos through pass to break clear before seeing his strike brillinatly blocked by keeper Itandje...what a start!!

47' Mexico moving the ball around with Cameroon camping in their own half.

46' The first substitution of the game as Nounkeu replaces the below-par right back Djeugoue.

The second period gets underway...

45+2 The referee blows the whistle, ending the first half...let's see whether things will change after the break.

45+1 Enoh makes a shy attempt from outside the box.

45' Dos Santos receives the ball inside the area and falls down to Chedjou's challenge but the referee says a corner kick.

40' Play mainly restricted to midfield, with Cameroon attempting a couple of attacks from the flanks but were eventually blocked. 

32' Foul for M'Bia after Guardado had brought him down following some good effort from the Cameroonian down the right.

30' TV replays show that the referee's decision was debatable though! It's the third goal to be ruled out for offside this evening.

30' Goal!! No! the linesman rules that Dos Santos was offside whrm heading home a corner kick!

27' An umarked Marquez heads awefully wide following a free kick! The former Barcelona man wasted a valuable chance indeed! 

25' The 33-year-old Eto'o looked lively during those past minutes, Cameroon came close on several occasions - yet they need to address their weakness on their right flank whis is constantly exploited by the Mexicans.

22' Cameroon had a chance to make the most of a goal-mouth scramble and score but their threat ends on low note.

20' What a chance!!! Assou-Ekotto makes a superb run down the left that saw him evade a couple of challengers before squaring to Eto'o, whose close-range strike hits the outside of the post! The most dangerous chance of the game so far!!

Samuel Eto’o
Cameroon's Samuel Eto’o shoots as Mexico's Hector Moreno defends (Reuters)

19' Herrera sees a cross-cum-shot go narrowly wide over the bar.

18' Another corner for Cameroon but headed wide by M'Bia...the Cameroon have redeemed themselves much during those past few minutes.

17' Another goal disallowed for offside but for Cameroon this time after Eto'o received the ball from a teammate who was in an offside position.

17' Corner for Cameroon in a rare appearance in the opponents' third.

15' Mexico are far better than their African counterparts, bossing possession all during the first 15 minutes as they look so close on scoring the opener.

10' Goal disallowed for Mexico after Dos Santos had been adjudged to have been in an offside position.

9' Most of the Mexicans attacks are through Cameroon's right flank, which is occupied by Djeugoue.

7' Mexico striker Peralta flagged for offside after he was about to go one on one with the keeper.

6' Enoh penalizef for another foul against Guardado. 

4' Aguilar crosses from the left but the ball hits a defender, out for corner.

2' Foul for the Mexicans following a challenge from Enoh in midfield.

The match gets underway.

18: 55 The national anthem is being played now, starting with Mexico.

18:50 Both national teams have lined up outside the dressing rooms as they are heading towards the pitch now. 

18:45 After a frustrating campaign with Manchester United, striker Javier Hernandez’s place in the Mexico side is no longer guaranteed and he was utilised off the bench in their recent friendly defeat by Portugal.

18:40 The Mexican national team—which will participate in their sixth consecutive World Cup—barely qualified for this year’s tournament. An injury-time, 3-2 comeback victory by the United States over Panama and an aggregate playoff victory over New Zealand preserved Mexico’s streak, but whether the team makes the most of its opportunity remains to be seen.

18:35 With less than 30 minutes for kick off, a quide good number of fans began to flock onto the stands.

18:30 The Mexicans are currently warming up as well.

18:25 Cameroon’s fate may rely on the foot of Samuel Eto’o. The four-time African Player of the Year is Cameroon’s star striker—netting 56 goals in 117 appearances—and he can still score at the age of 33. He has played in three World Cups and there's a good chance that this one will be his last.

18:22 Cameroon players stepped onto the pitch as they are currently warming up in an apparently rainy atmosphere.

18:20 Cameroon national team almost didn’t even make it to Brazil, with players initially refusing to fly to the World Cup host country unless a dispute over bonus payments was settled.

Line ups:

Cameroon: Itandje, Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Djeugoue, Song, Moukandjo, Eto'o (c), Choupo Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh

Mexico: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez

17:55 The two sides have only met on one previous occasion, with Mexico 1-0 winners in Los Angeles back in 1993.

17:40 They suffered a 2-1 defeat to Paraguay in their opening warm-up fixture before holding Germany to a 2-2 draw in Berlin and then edging past Moldova with a 1-0 win at their own Stade Omnisport.

17:25 A quarter-final appearance at Italia 90 remains Cameroon’s best performance in the competition as the Indomitable Lions have failed to live up to their nickname in recent outings, winning just once in all of the four World Cup tournaments they have since qualified for.

17:10 Mexico’s World Cup best achievement is reaching the quarter-finals, although their record of progressing through the group stages is impressive having managed do so in all of their previous five World Cup appearances.

Venue: Arena das Dunas (Natal, Rio Grande do Norte)

Referee:

W. Roldan (Colombia)

Assistants:

H. Clavijo (Colombia)

E. Diaz (Colombia)

Fourth official:

N. Hauata (Tahiti)

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