CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

14 June 2014

Africa: Mexico Edge Cameroon

Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Cameroon's Eric Choupo Moting netted the ball in the encounter with Mexico but the goal was disallowed after an offside call. The match was played in pouring rain.

Sao Paulo — AFRICA'S dream of starting the 2014 with a victory were shattered when Cameroon suffered an argonising 0-1 loss against Mexico in World Cup Group A encounter at Dunas Stadium on Friday.

A solitary strike by Oribe Peralta in the 61st minute sank the three-time African champions in a water soaked soccer pitch following some downpours in the first half of the match.

Had it not been for the match official's controversial decision, Mexico could have massacred Cameroon 3-0 after two of the South America nation goals were disallowed for off-side.

However, Cameroon had their own scoring opportunities, but weak shots in front of goal-posts were the weakest point for the West Africans.

Cameroon captain Samuel E'to-o, turned his Mexican marker left and right, but his left hooker was parried for a corner by an alert Mexico goalkeeper

The defeat will now see Cameroon climb a mammoth task to beat either Brazil or Croatia in their next two assignments.

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