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World Cup Match Preview (Group A): Mexico vs. Cameroon

World Cup Match Preview (Group A): Mexico vs. Cameroon

Match Date: 13 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Arena das Dunas, Natal

(Featured Image: Mexico | Source: FIFA)

 

Mexico’s seeding in the World Cup was nearly halted by a poor run in the CONCACAF qualifications. They needed to battle out against New Zealand in the inter-confederation playoffs just to book their ticket to Brazil. Fortunately, the Oceania side proved to be a small challenge and Miguel Herrera’s men managed to make it through the finals.

 

Cameroon were CAF’s Third Round champions and they are aiming to surpass their quarter-finals finish in the 1990 World Cup when they arrive in Brazil for the World Cup finals.  However, that feat might sound moderately realistic as the side are challenged by a massive threat from their group-mates, particularly Brazil. They can also hold little traction against their first rivals in the tournament’s opening, Mexico.

 

El Tri’s footballing façade looked on the rise when they dominated the Olympic Games final at Wembley in 2012. In the group stages of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, they went 2–1, defeating Canada and Martinique but losing to Panama. The side won only two of ten matches during the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifying, but qualified for an intercontinental play-off after they ranked as the fourth best team in the CONCACAF region.

 

The Indomitable Lions are no longer the football kings they used to be. The Brazil tournament would be their seventh appearance in the World Cup, but it does not carry a solid reputation of being among the world’s most frightening nemeses. They have to do intensive repair of their form after a hugely disappointing performance in South Africa in 2010, when they were the first team to leave the pitch. Samuel Eto’o remains the squad’s best bullet, but he has already lost the magnificence he held during his prime.

 

Mexico are moored in the 19th spot of the FIFA rankings, while Cameroon trail remotely at the 50th.

 

World Cup betting tip: Mexico will earn all the spoils against Cameroon.

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