In the pouring rain of Natal, México began their World Cup campaign with an excellent performance against Cameroon and despite the one-goal margin, two disallowed Giovani dos Santos goals could have made it a far more emphatic win.
The Villarreal striker, who was given the nod over Javier Hernández fully justied the decision with a man of the match performance and if it hadn’t been for two incorrect calls from the linesman, Dos Santos would have had México two goals ahead after 30 minutes.
Eventually, in the second half it was Club América’s recent signing, Oribe Peralta who found a way through. Dos Santos’ initial strike was saved but Peralta was on hand to slot El Tri into the lead.
Guillermo Ochoa had to save late on to ensure that the lead remained intact and Javier Hernández blazed over a wonderful chance for a second but Miguel Herrera will simply be relieved to have won.
Following Brasil’s win last night over Croatia it was imperative that México picked up 3 points against Cameroon. The game with Brasil follows on Tuesday before the probably crunch match with Croatia. One can only hope that the two disallowed goals do not make any difference at the end of the group stage.
México 1 – 0 Cameroon