Despite a disastrous qualifying stage and two straight losses in friendly's leading up to the tournament, Miguel Herrera and his Mexico made their intentions known in Brazil with a 1-0 victory against Cameroon that didn't do justice to their dominance.
Two wrongly disallowed goals from Giovani dos Santos could have been costly, but Oribe Peralta came in to save FIFA's blushes with the winner. And that goal was justification for Herrera, who has gone with the 30-year old ahead of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
Chicharito hasn't scored in nearly a year for his national side, while Peralta has been on fire, with today's goal in Natal being his 9th in his last 7 games for El Tri.
'The Louse' was pleased with his team, who picked up three points and drew even with host nation Brazil atop Group A.
“If the team keeps the tempo of play I am sure we will advance,” Herrera told the media following El Tri’s win. He added, “The team has three points and that is what we wanted.”
El Tri aren't through yet though and they still have to face the two toughest teams in the group. "The boys gave their all, left everything (literally "their souls") on the pitch. Time to start thinking of next game." Herrera tweeted out after the game, translated by @mexicoworldcup.
The 20,000 or so Mexican fans that were in the stadium in Natal will have been partying in the streets after the game and rightly so. They've made as good a start as they could have hoped for and should enjoy the result.