MEXICO 1-0 CAMEROON
Mexico started their campaign in fine form by humbling Cameroon by a solid goal that came from their target man Peralta in the 61st minute.
Cameroon’s performance can be summarized by one word; poor. The Lions were literally rained on and from the start they were forced on the back foot which also forced them to sit deep and defend against the excellent attacking Mexicans.
Mexico should have been two up by half time if it weren’t for the ‘assistant referee’s’ outrageous decisions. Giovani dos Santos twice had the ball in the back of the net in the first period, only for the linesman to rule both of them out for off-side.
STATS OF THE GAME
Mexico had the lion’s share of possession, 62%, and had four shots on target, compared to only one shot on target for Cameroon. Each team got a yellow card, Moreno (57’) and Nounkeu (76’).
END OF THE ROAD FOR CAMEROON?
The Indomitable Lions will face Croatia in their next match, a team that almost held the host team, and finally on 23rd they go against Brazil. It seems as though there is not much hope for Samuel Etoo and his team to garner any points in the last remaining fixtures. This might be the end of the road for the Indomitable Lions.
WORLD CHAMPIONS EMBARRASSED
SPAIN 1-5 NETHERLANDS
Holland got their sweet revenge for their defeat in the 2010 World Cup at the hands of Spain after thrashing the current World champions 5-1!
The Dutch went down a goal through a dubious penalty created by D. Costa (26’) and converted by Alonso. However the Orange army never gave up and their efforts were rewarded by Van Persie’s equalizer at the dying minutes of the second half.
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben each scored a brace, while Stefan de Vrij netted one to make the total score a ‘high five’ or as it’s been trending on social media ‘5PA1N’.
VAN GAAL THE TACTICIAN
The Dutch skipper hailed praises on his boss Louise van Gaal and said he believed he is the reason behind the massive victory. The same coach who will be in charge of Manchester United after the World Cup.
The Spanish defenders were exposed throughout the game. The pairing of Pique and Ramos defended poorly leaving lots of space for Sneijder, van Persie and Robben to dictate the game. Cassillas had the worst day ‘in the office’; unable to control a back pass that gave the Netherlands captain his second goal of the day. After the game he admitted, ‘I wasn’t at the level I needed to be. I have to accept all the criticism.’
As things stand Spain find themselves on the bottom of ‘Group B’ after Chile won their game against Australia by 3-1. Next Chile will entertain Spain; a defeat for the Spaniards will mean they will bow out of the completion if Netherlands can get a draw against Australia.
The team that will come be second in this group will probably face the host nation, Brazil. That’s a nightmare that every team in this group will avoid.
MATCH DAY 3 FIXTURES (LOCAL TIME)
7pm – Colombia vs Greece
3am – Cote d’Ivoire vs Japan
10pm – Uruguay vs Costa Rica
1am – England vs Italy