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Friday, June 13, 2014

Match 2 - Mexico v. Cameroon

We're all gathered around the telly waiting for the start of the first full day of World Cup matches. First up, it's El Tri vs. the Indomitable Lions. Join us from Gooner Central on the LOB to follow the match.

142 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Natal this afternoon:

Mexico - Ochoa; Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno, Layun, Aguilar; Guardado, Herrera, Vazquez; Dos Santos, Peralta.

Cameroon - Itandje; Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Mbia, Chedjou; Djeugoue, Enoh Song; Moukandjo, Choupo Moting; Eto'o.

11:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

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.

11:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

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. Even their greatest World Cup triumph, in 1990, was beset by pre-tournament squabbles and threats of various issues.

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

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.

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're on to the ESPN2 coverage now, with Ruud van Horseyface and Double T on the panel with Bob Ley this afternoon.

11:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel now. Loving the build-up.

11:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Bob. I am having an Awesome time at Goonèr Central.

11:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am looking forward to it.

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

By the way, the only person who has chosen a red card favorite in this match is yours truly The Blue Devil. I plumped for Cameroon hard man Alex Song. Come on, boy - do us a favor!

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - great to have you on board today.

11:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Anthem time now; always stirs the loins.

11:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Mexican players appear to be wearing some rather thin white shell suit jackets, meaning that the rain that is still a-tumblin' down has made them basically see-through. This, as you'll probably realise, is not a brilliant look.

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Alrighty then, we're set for kick-off on Day 2 - wahay!

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The pitch is looking good, very lush with the rain pelting down.

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from a rainy Natal.

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ta Bob.Great to join you.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Moting lunges in. That's quite enough of that, lad. Save those challenges for your boy Alex Song.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just noticed that Chicha isn't starting. How on earth?!

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexiço is definitely the home them. Boos as they should have had a corner'

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mexico are opening up the pitch nicely in the opening stages.

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chicha hasn't been in the best form.

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's a proMexican crowd.

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cameroon are all at sea at the back. Mexico just one good ball away from taking the lead.

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Definitely, mate. Lots of El Tri fans in the house.

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Herrera with a rash shot well over the bar.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pèralta just offside FTE after Layou shot straight atIntandje.High and wide byRod riguez.

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Once again Mexico romp down the wing but the final ball over is poor.

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

El Trip do minati g.It's been like a training session except for the fi final ball.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

El Trip do minati g.It's been like a training session except for the fi final ball.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

El Trip do minati g.It's been like a training session except for the fi final ball.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gio Dos Santos has the ball in the net but it's ruled offside by the linesman. The replay shows that he was level. Shame. Really well taken volley by Gio.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mexico clearly on top, validating my earlier prediction of Mexico progressing.

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gio DosSantos has a a perfectly good goal DisLlowed.Great cross froPerallta

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Agreed, mate. El Tri were robbed and the Tahitian fourth official is getting it in the ear hole on the sideline from Miguel "Too Many Tacos Under the Belt" Herrera.

12:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Eto'o nearly in there from the deflected shot but Moreno got back well.

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

CameroonHad a goal disallow ex from their first corned and Mbia headedWide from the second''

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another poor cross there nearly caught the extraordinary Cameroon keeper Itandje out. He's clearly spent more time on his look than on dealing with crosses.

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big miss by Eto'o there. Clipped the Sunday Roast with his snap-shot from Disco Benny's cross.

12:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A mad scramble in the Mexican box now. I seem to have cursed the Mexican defense by calling them "tidy" a moment ago.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

For all their dominance, Mexico haven't had the chances that Cameroon have, the disallowed goal notwithstanding.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

JustWide by Etoo off a pass fro. Assiou Ekotu .Then Mexico struggle to clear a corner.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Moting is penalized for a slide tackle. He got the ball but....also most of the player.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Marquez took that off Moreno's head there. Both were wide open!

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Choupo Modi g with a horrible foul am lucky not to be booked.Raffa Marquez heads wide off the free kick asMoreno had a better chance.

12:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lots of set pieces for Mexico now.

Gio sticks it in!

No - it's ruled out again!

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tight decision but this one looks right by the linesman. Very cruel on Gio though. He could have a brace.

12:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looking at the replay again, it was a Cameroon head that flicked on the corner. Gio really should have a brace.

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Tahitian 4th official is getting a lesson in some choice phrases in Spanish this afternoon.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexican corner.Yet
Another goal by Dos Santos disallowed for offside. He was just offside after the header was flicked on.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexican corner.Yet
Another goal by Dos Santos disallowed for offside. He was just offside after the header was flicked on.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point Bob.
What would, they say on the Mexican radio?

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mbia picks up a useful free kick here.

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Miguel Herrera is having a bad afternoon. He's wet as a ferret and losing his mind.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico should really be two up.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Looks like it Bob.

12:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit unsavory for the Mexican fans to be yelling out "puta" whenever the Cameroon keeper Itandje takes a goal kick.

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Certainly should have been a yellow for that elbow by Mbia. Could even have been a red. Very lenient refereeing again today.

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Dutch assassins must be viewing these refereeing performances and thinking that they've got carte blanche in the first half hour today against Spain.

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mbiay elbows Guardado and not even.Has Hallmark been
Boycotted by FIFA?

12:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rain update: it's that sort of heavy that makes it look like it's foggy. It's pooling on the astroturf bits by the side of the pitch.

12:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice one, MUR - boom boom!

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Dutch, especially Vlaar will be licking their chops.

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ta Bob. I try.

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ta Bob. I try.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One last corner for Mexico now. Come on, El Tri!

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - decent chance there for Peralta but he was offside anyway.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dos Santos wins a corner that is. Leared then Marquez heads wide as he I offside.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've been musing that Eto'o's hairstyle with the notable part is a tribute to Nelson Mandela's Robben Island look.

12:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time and Double T is already wading in on the refereeing decisions. They agree with us that Mexico should be 2-0 up.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half as Mexico had two perfectly good goals disallowed for offside,

12:50 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Took a while, but Mexico seems in control now.

The word is out: CONCACAF is toughest conference out there, and thus, THE FIX IS IN.

12:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No changes in the interval. I'm surprised as Moreno looked as if he'd done his hammy at the end of the first half.

1:05 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Ok, second half is ready to go, let's hope the refs are ready to allow some perfectly good goals to stand.

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, Red Devil. I agree - Mexico were well up in the first half and should have had to Gio goals to the good. Shocking refereeing so far in this tournament.

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I hope so too, here we go!

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Watch what you say about the reffing, or Blatter is liable to label you a racist.

1:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - big chance there. Marquez with a peach of a ball there to Gio to played Peralta in and he hit the keeper with his shot. Shame.

1:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm sure.

Btw, they just announced during the half-time coverage that Franz Beckenbauer has been suspended by FIFA for 90 days for his alleged corrupt involvement in the Qutar 2022 bid.

1:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Song went in two-footed. Again no card shown. Really, really lenient.

1:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That was a let off for Mexico. Then Song out of tune with a nasty challenge.

1:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm really surprised by the Kaiser. I guess nothing should surprise me any more.

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice one, MUR!

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Remarkably, no yellow cards have been dished out yet.

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The payback foul on Song was pretty tame, but he makes a meal of it.

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Finally, it's a yellow card given out but to Hector Moreno.

1:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Cameroon have a decent free kick opportunity.

1:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hector With the first booking of the match as he fouls Mbia on the break

1:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Disco Benny there left-footed and deflected off the wall. It could have gone anywhere but it's gone out.

1:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really poor from Guardado there. What's happened to that fellow? He used to be irritatingly dangerous. Now he lingered on that ball out of defense long enough for the lumbering Cameroon backfour to get back.

1:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from siou Ekotu was deflexed for a corner. Rubbish break from Mexico off the corner.

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

CONCACAF strikes!

1:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Finally Peralta comes good, mopping up the rebound after a delightful move.

Mexico 1-0 to the good!

1:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Viva CONCACAF!!!

1:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAlL peralta scores off a rebound as Itamndje saved from DOS Santos. Nice through ball.

1:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Moreno had a chance for #2 but just couldn't collect it.

1:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A deserved lead.

1:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nearly a second.

1:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Eto'o goes down just outside the area, but his attempt at convincing the world he is really badly hurt is about as successful as his haircut.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

wide open game now. not like last night's cagey affair

1:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ineffectual Guardado is coming off for Marco Fabian now.

1:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Certainly. It's been a really absorbing affair.

1:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Marco Fabian on for Gauarjdado. Like for like.

1:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon Red Devil.How have you been?

1:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Poor stuff from Cameroon there.

1:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Wee Pea, Chicharito is stripping off ready to go in now. Great to see him.

1:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chicha about to come too.UWS will be pleased.

1:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The goalscorer Peralta coming off to great applause now. Chicha replacing him.

1:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chicha on for Peralta. UWS will be pleased.

1:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nounkeu is the second player into the book today.

1:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now then - another set piece for Mexico. They've looked dangerous.

Nothing doing. Less than 15 to play.

1:39 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

et tu, E'to? Pretty bad touch there

1:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nounkeu deservedly booked for a foul on Marco Fabian just outside the box. The free kick was headed away then high and wide by Layun.

1:40 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Song does not remain the same. Subbed out. Did not put a major imprint on the game.

1:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bah - there goes my two points as Alex Song troops off without a red card to his name. Webo on in his stead.

1:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pierre Weboon for Song. An attacking move.

1:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice Led Zep riff, Red Devil.

1:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Etoo with a shot deflected for a corner that eluded everyone.

1:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Fabian nearly got a two on Chicha's cross there.

1:43 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

great ball from chicarito. Fabian had given up on it

1:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice pass from Chicha but a great tackle on Marco Fabian.

1:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cameroon with a big shout for a penalty but it was definitely ball to hand on Marquez there.

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

that was close.

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice clearance by Rodriguez as Cameroon were threatening.

1:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Webo has certainly made a difference as Mexico have taken the foot off the gas.

1:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Walter Finke is looking like grim death now in the rain.

1:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great clearance by Rodriguez as Cameroon looked to be in on goal.

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

get up, and pull up your pants!

1:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into stoppage time now, as this one drags to a close in the pouring rain.

1:51 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

They are full in "lob it into the box" mode now. Might work. Mexico is not really parking the bus

1:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great save there by Ochoa from the header. Close thing.

Salcedo coming on to lock things up.

1:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.. Great save by Ochoa from a header off across from Assiou Ekotu.

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Herrera looked really gassed coming off. I suspect that the Mexicans are suffering in this conditions.

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Chicha with a big chance. Volleyed it well over.

1:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oh. Chicha misses a sitter off a cross from Layun.

1:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well into stoppage time now. Mexico should have won this one easily but 1-0 will do. Puts a lot of pressure now on Croatia.

Full-time!

1:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over as it's 1-0 to the Mexicans. A deserved winvdor El Trip.

1:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The weather from Natal has just made it to Alex.

1:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just got back from running an Errand and with the Goober in Natal chart type conditions. I hope this match is a better spectacle than the World Cup Final was.

2:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pasta Rozzoli is officiating.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A repeat of the World Cup Final is underway from Salvador.

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oh. The Dutch should have taken the lead as Schneider ahoy against Caaiillaa one on one from a nice through ball from Robben.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

High and wide by Iniesta. Nice run by Alba.

3:11 PM  

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