1 vs. 0
MEX
CMR
18:57
No, they can't. It's finished, and it's 1-0 to Mexico, with Oribe Peralta's goal proving decisive. Cameroon had plenty of the game, and weren't outclassed, although Mexico's victory perhaps should have been a lot more comfortable if they hadn't had two goals wrongfully ruled out in the first half. Cameroon are now in serious trouble, but their opponents gain their first ever win over an African side at the World Cup. El Tri now move into second place in the group. Thanks for following, and Spain-Netherlands is coming up.
90+2'
A sitter from Hernandez! Layun does well to press and win the ball right by the opposition byline, and he cuts it back for the Manchester United man who is in acres of space, but he doesn't get it on target. That was a bad, bad miss. Can Cameroon make him pay?
Mexico Substitution
90+1'
Guillermo Ochoa keeps Mexico's lead intact! That is a match-winning save. Choupo-Moting got his head to a deep cross that was heading for the far corner, but Ochoa got across to both keep it out and hold onto it.
86'
Cameroon are still fighting and only a fine interception from Marquez denies Samuel Eto'o receiving a low centre. Not long left for Mexico to hold out, but they're being tested in the dying minutes here.
85'
Good defending from Mexico, first dealing with a dangerous cross that was heading straight for Webo at the back post, and then rushing out to block Choupo-Moting's effort from range. They're almost home and dry - it's been pretty unimpressive stuff, but a win's a win.
84'
Peralta has his goal, but Mexico have looked more dangerous since Hernandez came on and provided some real pace in the side. It could simply be because Cameroon are hurling more men forwards, of course, but there's definitely something to consider there for the coach.
83'
Good work from the substitute Hernandez as he escapes down the right, but his cut-back can't quite find Fabian lurking in the centre, and Cameroon remain alive.
82'
Peralta's goal looks like it could be decisive at the moment. There's still time left for more goals, but not much.
81'
No. A poor corner evades everyone. Cameroon are running out of time now.
80'
 
Eto'o wins a corner as Cameroon switch to a 4-4-2, with Pierre Webo replacing, surprisingly, Song. A chance for the old Indomitable Lions?
Cameroon Substitution
'78
...alas, no. The free-kick comes to nothing as Cameroon clear easily. They must be getting desperate now.
77'
A chance for Mexico to kill the game, with Dos Santos getting ready to deliver a free-kick in a dangerous position out wide...
Cameroon Yellow card

Mexico

Cameroon

74'
Cameroon really don't look like doing anything special at all here. I suspect this will end as it is now, or 2-0 to Mexico.
Mexico Substitution
72'
 
And here comes the anticipated change: Javier Hernandez on, the goalscorer Peralta off.
Mexico Substitution
68'
 
Mexico making a change here - Guardado off, Marco Fabian on.
66'
Cameroon go chasing it by humping in a deep cross, but it goes out of play. Something else will be needed from them if they're to get anything from this game.
63'
Mexico, you may remember us mentioning earlier, have never beaten an African side at a World Cup, but they could be about to here. Cameroon are looking shorn of ideas.
61'
 
GOAL! Peralta does score! Mexico have a deserved lead, and the stadium goes wild. Dos Santos had the initial chance, but Itandje made a fine save again. But Peralta was there to hammer in the rebound, and put his side into the lead. Cameroon in serious trouble already in this World Cup.
Mexico Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Left

59'
Cameroon do go close! Assou-Ekotto takes it, and it deflects only narrowly wide. The corner comes to nothing, and Mexico counter, but Dos Santos can't make anything of it.
58'
Another sighting of the new vanishing spray, which is a good excuse to post this gag.
Mexico Yellow card

Mexico

Cameroon

56'
A yellow card! It's a yellow card! The referee finally books someone, and it's Hector Moreno, who brings down Eto'o as he advances goalwards. A chance for Cameroon from the free-kick perhaps?
55'
Considering that a draw really does no side any favours, there's a bit of a lack of urgency here. It's not the heat to blame, because it's been persisting it down all game.
54'
Incredible, isn't it? Just goes to show you that you can get away with being a bit of a waster as long as you do it early on in your career. Take note, David Bentley.
52'
Mexico beginning to grind Cameroon down here - Dos Santos tries to find Peralta, but he can't quite get the ball over to the striker.
50'
Dos Santos is down in a heap after a challenge from Song, and it's a nasty hack on his shin. No booking, again.
47'
Peralta! No! He's onside for once, one-on-one with Itandje, but he can't finish, and the keeper goes down to deny him. That was a huge chance.
46'
And we are back underway. Can either side find a way through?
18:05
 
We're almost back underway here, with a change for Cameroon - Cedric Djeugoue off, Dany Nouenkeu on.
18:00
Peralta hasn't been looking too great so far - although he's been involved in most of Mexico's attacking play, he's missed a couple of decent chances and it might not be too long before Mexico make the obvious substitution. Are we likely to see an introduction for Javier Hernandez?
17:49
Peep! It's half-time. Controversy again as Mexico had two goals wrongfully disallowed, but Cameroon have been asking questions of them too. It could be a very important second half in deciding how Group A turns out, but for now, it's 0-0.
Cameroon Substitution
45'
Peralta appears to be once again scuppered by the assistant referee's apparent diagnostic aspraxia, but this time he gets the call right. Not that it would've mattered, Peralta headed miles wide after a fine cross from Marquez.
44'
Dos Santos gets a fine pass from Marquez, and really should do better. No ill-judged offside flag this time, but instead he produces a leaden-footed touch and Cameroon are able to get rid of it.
42'
The game is getting both feisty but boring as we approach half-time. "There's no two ways about it, Mexico should be two in front", says the co-commentator, with a perhaps unfortunate choice of words.
40'
Mbia lays an arm on Guardado, who goes down like the proverbial sack of spuds. Potatoes were of course, brought to Europe from Mexico, among other places in the Americas. It was a bit of a soft one, but there's no booking. This referee is very lenient about violence. Offsides, not so much.
37'
And when he's also your main creative outlet, well... you don't have many creative outlets.
36'
He's been involved in pretty much every Cameroon attack so far, Assou-Ekotto, and created their best chance of the game. Spurs need a left-back, maybe they should have a look at him.
35'
Alex Song takes it, but Mexico clear. Assou-Ekotto tries to belt one in from range but it's a daisy-cutter and the attack comes to nothing.
34'
And here's a chance for Cameroon now, a deep free-kick after a silly foul by Andres Guardado on Stephane Mbia.
33'
Nobody gets two goals wrongfully disallowed without the other team then scoring, do they? Pile on Cameroon to score the next goal.
29'
Dos Santos scores again, and it's ruled offside again! And it's a terrible decision again! The ball is flicked on to him at the back post, and while he's in an offside position, it's a Cameroon player who flicks it on. Mexico are livid.
28'
Mexico are on the attack now, and get into a dangerous position but a fantastic tackle from Nicolas N'Koulou puts it out for a corner.
26'
That's a terrible challenge from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, a classic Graeme Souness one where you tackle the other player despite the fact that you have the ball. Should be a booking at least, but he gets nothing, and Mexico go very close indeed from the free-kick.
24'
Scramble! Cameroon get another corner, and it falls into the six-yard box before finding itself between seven or eight players aimlessly booting it to no avail, and eventually Mexico clear their lines. This is a worrying start for El Tri - they should be ahead of course, after the wrongly-disallowed goal, but they could very easily be two goals down.
22'
Eto'o hits the post! It's a brilliant run from Assou-Ekotto, who is looking very lively, to set it up. He jinks down the left and gets past two men before cutting it back for Eto'o, who spins and crashes a left-footed shot off the outside of the post. Cameroon are looking the more dangerous side here.
20'
Mexico are struggling to break down Cameroon here, who are defending very compactly. Both teams have only really looked dangerous on the counter-attack so far.
18'
Assou-Ekotto shoots from 35 yards. Unsurprisingly, It's not close to going in, but it hits a combination of Eto'o and Hector Moreno, and almost falls for the veteran striker, but the Espanyol centre-back recovers well to deny him.
17'
Now Cameroon have the ball in the net! This one is clearly offside, however, as the ball came back in the Mexico defence had pushed up and it's a simple decision for the assistant referee.
16'
Cameroon have the first corner of the game. Can they take the opportunity? There's a lot of height in the team....
16'
After a pretty poor start from Cameroon, they've settled down a bit now. They were fortunate not to concede there - both due to the fact that they were defending very poorly and that they got the right end of another poor refereeing decision.
13'
Well, quite. Home advantage?
12'
Mexico sco- no! It's offside! Dos Santos turns the ball home from a cross from the right, but the referee rules it out. And the replays show he was wrong to do so - Dos Santos was onside. It's not a great start to the tournament for the officials.
11'
A decent chance for Mexico on the counter, with Miguel Layun down the left, but his cross is poor and he can't find Peralta, who was in a decent amount of space in the middle.
10'
Mexico causing problems for Cameroon here, who are struggling to clear their lines. Hector Herrera tries to take advantage of the confusion, but whacks his effort miles wide.
8'
Oribe Peralta is through on goal, but play is stopped for Giovani dos Santos being offside in the build-up.
7'
If you love niggly fouls, I suspect this game may be right up your alley. Eyong Enoh is looking... whatever the opposite of 'feisty' is.
6'
First sight of the ball for Samuel Eto'o, who picks up the ball in midfield and runs goalwards, but shows too much of it to Rafa Marquez, who hoofs it out of play.
4'
Assou-Ekotto deflects a cross out of play, and the referee awards a goal-kick. Will the controversy never end?
2'
Mexico show some decent passing to try and get the ball down the right, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto deals with it comfortably enough.
1'
Cameroon in yellow, disappointingly. Strange that they have one of the most iconic World Cup kits. And we're off!
17:00
Charles Itandje is also in goal for Cameroon. You may remember him from his Liverpool days, where he left the club after allegedly laughing at a Hillsborough memorial. And on that note, we're about to get started.
16:55
We're getting very close now. Can you feel the excitement? Will this instantly kill off the buzz from last night? Will Cameroon show that the pre-tournament dispute over bonuses will have no effect on their motivation? It's games like this that are what the World Cup is all about, really.
16:45
Some good news for Cameroon, too, if they're looking for encouragement besides going up against a 35-year-old centre-back who's prone to red cards and wasn't very good in the MLS.

0 - Mexico have never beaten an African team at a World Cup Finals (D2 L1). Challenge.

16:40
You may or may not recall, but this Mexico team has been a bit of a mess. They only just scraped through a qualification campaign that is one of the easiest in the world, their attempts to replace their older players haven't gone very well, and their best player, Carlos Vela, has refused to play for them. The worst of all, Jamie Carragher's emergence as a pundit has coincided with the decline of Gerrardo Torrado from the national team, so we'll never get to hear that said in a scouse accent, which is a shame.
16:30
Meanwhile, what of Samuel Eto'o? There might be the tedious back-and-forth between he and José Mourinho about his inability to get out of a chair without grunting, and apparently he had to ask who Pitbull was during the opening ceremony. But the defender he'll be going up against, Rafael Marquez, is even older - the Mexico captain is in surely his last World Cup at the ripe old age of thirty-five.
16:25
It's a tricky group for Mexico, with Cameroon not exactly patsies and Brazil and Croatia offering stern competition, so they might not even be set for their usual forgettable first-knockout-round exit. And to add to the gloom, here's Squawka, with a most unencouraging stat for fans of El Tri...
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17:16
Mexico will be favourites here, but things are pretty straightforward: whoever wins has a decent chance of coming second in the Group if they can either beat Croatia or get something against Brazil (and on the evidence of last night, that's not exactly looking impossible.) A draw would probably be mutually-destructive for both teams.
17:14
Meet the man who's taken Javier Hernandez's spot up front. Oribe Peralta, América forward in the Liga MX. He's got an equally-impressive 16 goals in 33 games for the Mexico National Team, and he could be as much of an emerging star as a 30-year-old striker can be at this tournament.
17:10
So, the big news is that Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is only deemed worthy of a spot on the bench at this point. He's certainly used to being an impact sub in his club career, but he'll now be reprising that role at international level, perhaps adding more fuel to the rumours of a move this summer. In his stead starts Oribe Peralta, who is definitely going to be one to watch. He's a wonderfully all-round striker and is probably a better option than Chicharito on current form.
17:09
MEXICO: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez. Subs: Corona, Talavera, Salcido, Reyes, Ponce, Fabian, Brizuela, Aquino, Pena, Jimenez, Pulido, Hernandez. /// CAMEROON: Itandje, Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Djeugoue, Song, Moukandjo, Eto'o, Choupo Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh. Subs: Feudjou, N'Djock, Nounkeu, Bedimo, Nyom, Matip, Salli, Makoun, N'Guemo, Aboubakar, Olinga, Webo.
16:00
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Group A game between Mexico and Cameroon.

Starting Line-ups

Mexico
Cameroon
    • 13
      Ochoa
    • 7
      Miguel Layún
    • 15
      Héctor Moreno
    • 4
      Márquez
    • 2
      Maza Rodríguez
    • 22
      Paul Aguilar
    • 18
      Andrés Guardado
    • 23
      Vázquez
    • 6
      Herrera
    • 10
      dos Santos
    • 19
      Peralta
Team Manager:  Miguel Herrera
    • 9
      Eto'o
    • 8
      Moukandjo
    • 17
      Mbia
    • 18
      Enoh
    • 13
      Choupo-Moting
    • 6
      Song
    • 19
      Djeugoue
    • 3
      N'Koulou
    • 21
      Aurélien Chedjou
    • 2
      Assou-Ekotto
    • 16
      Itandje
Team Manager:  Volker Finke
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. OchoaDFP
0 1 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Héctor MorenoDFP
0 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 90
R. MárquezDFP
0 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Paul AguilarDFP
0 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
Maza RodríguezDFP
0 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Miguel LayúnDFP
0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. VázquezDFP
0 0 0 63 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
H. HerreraDFP
0 0 1 46 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 89
Andrés GuardadoDFP
0 0 1 31 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 69
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. dos SantosDFP
0 0 1 39 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
O. PeraltaDFP
1 0 2 18 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 74
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
C. ItandjeDFP
0 3 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
N. N'KoulouDFP
0 0 1 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
B. Assou-EkottoDFP
0 0 1 0 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 90
Aurélien ChedjouDFP
0 0 2 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
C. DjeugoueDFP
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 45
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
E. Choupo-MotingDFP
0 0 1 23 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
E. EnohDFP
0 0 1 25 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 90
S. MbiaDFP
0 0 1 38 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
B. MoukandjoDFP
0 0 1 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 90
A. SongDFP
0 0 0 30 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 79
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. Eto'oDFP
0 0 1 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
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