Mexico and Cameroon will contest the second game of the 2014 World Cup, with the encounter taking place in the Estádio das Dunas, Natal on Friday afternoon. After a triumphant opening for Brazil against Croatia, attention turns to the other two sides in Group A.
Of the two sides, Mexico find themselves higher in the official FIFA World Rankings, with Miguel Herrera’s side placed as the 20th best team in the world. That is 36 places ahead of Cameroon, although this game is likely to be closer than these standings would suggest.
Cameroon were able to earn a creditable draw with Germany less than two weeks ago, and have a team with plenty of international experience, with Alex Song in central midfield and Samuel Eto’o up front their two most prominent players.
Mexico though, of course, have plenty of strength, particularly in attack, and have the luxury of being able to leave Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez on the bench for the meeting with Cameroon. The confirmed line-ups are below…
Mexico: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez
Cameroon: Itandje, Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Djeugoue, Song, Moukandjo, Eto’o, Choupo Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh.
The winner of this game could well be the team to follow Brazil out of the group, provided the hosts do not slip up, and Mexico are placed as the favourites with the bookmakers to earn the victory.
Mexico will be the next team to face Brazil, with this game taking place on June 17 in Fortaleza, while Cameroon meet Croatia in the Amazonian conditions of Manaus a day later. The group stage will be completed the following Monday, with Cameroon and Brazil meeting in Brasilia and Croatia encountering Mexico on Recife.
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