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2014 World Cup Group A Preview: Mexico vs. Cameroon

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Group Stage Round 1: Group A – Mexico vs Cameroon

Time: Friday, June 13, Noon EST

TV Channel: ESPN 2

In the first game of the second day of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Mexico will take on Cameroon. Both teams will be desperate for three points, because, with the host-nation Brazil in their group, a tie in this game could be the difference between moving on to the knock-out stages and going home.

What to Watch For:

Mexico has had a complete turnaround since their dismal CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying run that culminated in a World Cup Playoff win over New Zealand and the hiring of Miguel Herrera. With a legitimate chance to make it out of the group stage, Mexico has to be completely focused against every opponent. As with the late loss to a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal, this team has proven to be shaky before, so it will be interesting to see if they can maintain composure late in a game that will likely be very close throughout.

Cameroon is a team that most know for the talented striker Samuel Eto’o; however, their midfield and defense will be the key in the game against Mexico. With the key to Cameroon’s success lying in keeping the ball away from Javier Hernandez in the box, players like Alexandre Song winning the ball on defense and Jean Makoun cutting out key passes in the midfield will determine the team’s success.

Prediction:

As much as I want to pick Mexico in this game, they haven’t proven their offensive prowess against physical teams. Cameroon is one of the most physical teams in the entire World Cup and should give Mexico trouble. Expect this game to be low-scoring, with a couple of huge chances from key players like Samuel Eto’o and Javier Hernandez.

Mexico 1, Cameroon 1

Related:

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2014 World Cup Nation Profile: Mexico

2014 World Cup Nation Profile: Cameroon

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for StoppageTimeSoccer.net. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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