Oribe Peralta fires Mexico to World Cup Group A win over Cameroon
(SportingAlert.com) -- Oribe Peralta continued his good goalscoring touch for Mexico after he netted the lone goal in his team's 1-0 win over Cameroon in their Fifa World Cup Group A opener at the Arena das Dunas Friday.
Peralta, who got the start over Javier Hernandez, scored what turned out to be the winning goal after he pounced first on a loose ball to knock it past Charles Itandje on the hour mark.
Mexico also had a goal disallowed in the first half after Giovani dos Santos was called for an offside.
Replays showed that the forward was not and goal should have stood.
In the second half, Miguel Layun found an unmarked Hernandez in a perfect position inside the six-yard box in the closing minutes to make it 2-0, but the Manchester United forward fired over the cross bar.
The victory for Mexico over the African side, now sees the CONCACAF team joining hosts Brazil at the top of Group A with three-points from the opening games.
Cameroon failed to get their offense going, with captain Samuel Eto'o getting little support in front of the goal.
Croatia, the other team in the group and Cameroon are sitting at the bottom without a point.
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)
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