(SportingAlert.com) — As expected, Javier Chicharito Hernandez is only on the bench for Mexico, while Samuel Eto’o leads the attack for Cameroon in the World Cup Group A opener at Arena das Dunas this afternoon.
Hernandez has been struggling to find his best form this season and Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera said the Manchester United forward would start on the bench on Friday.
Leading the attack for the CONCACAF side are Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta, while Rafael Márquez leads things from the back.
Guillermo Ochoa starts over José Corona in goal, with Carlos Salcido, Isaac Brizuela and Marco Fabián all on the bench alongside Chicharito.
For Cameroon, veteran forward Eto’o will lead his country and the Chelsea forward, who is expected to leave in the summer, will be the main goalscoring threat for the African side.
Maxim Choupo-Moting, Benjamin Moukandjo, Alex Song, Stéphane M’bia and Benoît Assou-Ekotto all start for Cameroon this afternoon.
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Mexico v Cameroon
Mexico: Ochoa, Layun, Moreno, Marquez, Rodriguez, Aguilar, Guardado, Vazquez, Herrera, Giovani, Peralta. Subs: Corona, Salcido, Reyes, Fabian, Jimenez, Pulido, Hernandez, Ponce, Brizuela, Aquino, Pena, Talavera
Cameroon: Itandje, Djeugoue, N’Koulou, Chedjou, Assou-Ekotto, Song, Mbia, Enoh, Moukandjo, Eto’o, Choupo-Moting. Subs: Feudjou, Nounkeu, Aboubakar, Makoun, Bedimo, Webo, Fabrice, Salli, Matip, Nyom, N’Djock
Referee: Wilmar Roldan Perez (Colombia)