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Group A: Mexico vs Cameron

Venue:      Estadio das Dunas, Natal
Kick-off:   (1pm, Brazil time)
Referee:    Wilmar Roldan, Colombia

Head-to-head record:

Played 1 Mexico Wins 1


Miguel Herrera (Mexico)
Volker Finke (Cameroon)

Team news:

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has left Manchester United forwardJavier 'Chicharito' Hernandez on the bench for Friday's World Cup opener against Cameroon.Herrera has chosen Villarreal forward Guillermo Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta to start in attack for the Group A encounter in Natal, Brazil.He also ended speculation as to who will start in goal with Ajaccio's Guillermo Ochoa selected ahead of Jesus Corona of Cruz Azul.Cameroon go into the encounter at the Estadio das Dunas finally able to focus on football matters.Volker Finke's squad threatened to refuse to board the plane to Brazil due to a row over bonuses before a deal was finally reached.The African side beat Moldova 1-0 last week in afriendly after previously drawing 2-2 with Germany in Monchengladbach.

Opta stats

  • Mexico has lost more games than any other team at World Cup Finals (24).
  • Samuel Eto’o has been directly involved in Cameroon’s last four World Cup goals (three goals, one assist).
  • Cameroon have only won one of their last 13 World Cup games (1-0 v Saudi Arabia in 2002), drawing four and losing eight.
  • No Cameroon player scored more than two goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers (Eric Choupo-Moting, Samuel Eto’o & Jean II Makoun).
  • This is only the second ever meeting between these two countries; Mexico won the first clash 1-0 in a friendly in 1993.
  • Mexico boss Miguel Herrera has only taken charge of his country in two competitive games; the World Cup play-offs against New Zealand (9-3 on aggregate).
  • Cameroon’s 17 previous World Cup goals have all been scored from inside the area (15 from open play, two penalties).
  • Mexico have never beaten at African team at a World Cup Finals tournament, losing one and drawing two of their three meetings against sides from that continent so far. Predicts: - 1-1