Published On: Fri, Jun 13th, 2014

Millions of Mexicans will watch the game Today

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Today is when the real action begins, as Cameroon faces Mexico in Group A, to see who can steal a march in the tussle to finish second, behind those show-off hosts.

Mexico National Team starts this World Cup establishing a new World Record, as Defender Rafael  Marquez today becomes the first player to ever captain his country at four World Cups.

You could actually make a decent case for Mexico to be termed the most boring team in the World Cup, given that they have qualified for the last five World Cup, have got out of the group stages every time and lost in the first knockout round every time. So what do the last 16 specialists have in store for us this time? Well, for those Anglocentric observers among us, a small surprise in terms of team news, with Javier Hernandez set to start on the bench, coach Miguel Herrera preferring a partnership of Gio dos Santos and Oribe Peralta up top.

Hernandez said, presumably through the most gritted of teeth:

Every player in the world wants to be a starter. I’m not going to be happy being on the bench, but I want to support my teammates because I want to be a respectful player … I’m tired of hearing I’m a good sub. I prove that whether I have 90 minutes or 15 minutes, I want to do my best.

For Cameroon, it is perhaps predictable that preparation hasn’t exactly been ideal, with their journey over to Brazil delayed over a dispute about payments and so forth.

These are two teams that didn’t exactly storm through to the tournament, Cameroon only making it (via the playoffs) after Togo were punished for fielding an ineligible player, their 2-0 win over the Indomitable Lions reversed. Mexico weren’t much more convincing, shuffling into a playoff spot after the old enemy the USA beat Panama late, late, late doors, after which they made fairly short work of New Zealand.

So this match could be shortish on quality, and long on chaos. Just the way we like it.


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