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World Cup Match Report: Mexico tops Cameroon 1-0, referee controversy continues

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NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Oribe Peralta of Mexico celebrates his goal in the second half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Mexico and Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas on June 13, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Instant Analysis

Another referee became the focus of a Group A match, as Mexico scored two would-be goals in the first half that were called offside, but for reasons that escaped most watching. Twice, Giovanni Dos Santos found the back of the net in the pouring rain, twice he was denied by the linesman. However, El Tri finally broke through in the 61st minute as Oribe Peralta fired home a rebound from a Dos Santos shot on goal.

Man of the Match

Giovani Dos Santos, Mexico - Covered the field and if not for two bad calls, would be even with Neymar for goals after one match.

Buzzy Moment

Nothing tops the two offsides calls, which turned the focus again on an official (Wilmer Roldan of Colombia), instead of the players on the pitch.

[Photos: Action from Mexico vs. Cameroon]

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Giovani dos Santos of Mexico reacts after his goal was disallowed due to an offsides call in the first half.

What's Next

Group A offers no favors to either team. This was as must-win as a group match can be. Mexico will try to push hosts Brazil in their next match, but will undoubtedly have their eyes on Croatia. Cameroon, on the other hand, has to be beat Croatia in their next match if they want any shot of advancing out of the group.

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