Cheered on by thousands of Mexican fans who went in droves to the Dunas Arena in Natal, Mexico's national team debuted in the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 with a victory over Cameroon. The 1 x 0 score leaves Mexicans with three points in Group A - same as Brazil, who beat Croatia yesterday by 3 x 1.
In a downpour-ridden Natal, Mexico pressed hard against the Cameroonian national team from the very outset and thwarted all their attempts to create plays at the offense. There were three goals overruled in the first half: two from Mexico and one from Cameroon.
The only goal to count for scores would not come until the match was 61' in. After a great one-two play at the edge of the box, Giovanni shot a through-ball that got palmed by keeper Itanjde, and Peralta stuffed the rebound into the net.
The Cameroonians now challenge Croatia on 18 June at the Amazon Arena in Manaus. Since the Croats were also defeated in their debut match, both teams need a win to keep any hope of moving to the round of sixteen. Mexico now faces Brazil as their next opponents on 17 June. The match happens in the Castelão Arena in Fortaleza.