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Peralta’s Goal Leads Mexico Past Cameroon

Peralta’s Goal Leads Mexico Past Cameroon

Posted by Shanelle Weir on June 13, 2014

The Indomitable Lions picked things up after their terrible start, but impossible to argue El Tri weren't comfortably the better team -- and full value for three points that will make them favorites to advance.

94' -- Throw-in for Mexico. That should just about do it.

92' -- Layun steals the ball in the Cameroon defense, crosses for a WIDE OPEN Chicharito, volleyed over the bar! Layun's cross could have easier to handle, but Hernandez has to do better, too.

90' -- Four minutes added. GREAT SAVE by Ochoa! Terrific cross by Assou-Ekotoo, great header towards the far corner, leaping collection by Ochoa. On replay, header just didn'tquite have the power. Outstanding match, officiating aside.

87' -- WHOA: Cameroon's best attack of the second half results in a free run into the right side of the box for Nounkeu, but his centering pass is brilliantly cut out by (I think) Moreno. Heart-in-throat moment for the El Tri supporters.

85' -- Mexico's still trying to play Mexican soccer -- quick passes, possession first, numbers forward. Goal differential might be important, yeah, but it's also led to a couple of giveaways and Cameroon counters. They haven't looked particularly threatening, but with five minutes left ,a little more caution might be in order.

81' -- Cameroon corner bounces menacingly in the box but misses everyone and goes out for a Mexican throw. If the Lions snag a goal, it's going to come off a set piece.

77' -- Ugly foul on the edge of the box results in Cameroon's first yellow and a nice opportunity to Mexico. Dos Santos wastes the opportunity, but at this point an equalizer seems about as likely as the first-half linesman being named Mexican Time's Man of the Year.

73' -- FIFA shows off its goal-line technology on the telecast, showing that the ball that hit the back of the net did, in fact, cross the goal-line. That triggered this tweet, which is too good not to share (here's your context):

72' -- And there we go again: Eto'o makes a terrific back-post run, but the cross from the right wing is vastly overhit. Just not enough quality from the Indomitable Lions at the moment.

69' -- Cameroon seeing more of the ball as they start looking for an equalizer, but passing in the final third has been lackluster the past few minutes ... and that's putting it kindly. No real chances since the Assou-Ekotto free kick.

66' -- Not that you can blame them given the officiating standard -- or that Mexico have looked so wobbly on set-piece defense -- but Cameroon are going to ground on any Mexico challenge within 40 yards of goal at this point. Not a lot of luck at the moment.

65' -- The goal!

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