Match Togo VS Cameroon
Mexico take on Cameroon at 5pm in battle of the also-rans…
Mexico endured their worst ever World Cup qualifying campaign which spanned four coaches. Current coach Miguel Herrera, has implemented an attack-minded 5-3-2 formation. Mexico will be hoping they can rediscover the form of 2012, when they won 10 of 12 internationals, winning Olympic gold along the way. Oribe Peralta will be their main threat up front while Hector Herrera of Porto will be the midfield marshall. Premiership fans will be familiar with with Hernandez of Man United and centre-half Marquez who played in a Champions League winning Barcelona team.
Cameroon‘s German manager Volker Fink became their manager midway through their qualifying campaign. Things were going poorly for the country until FIFA awarded them a 3-0 win over Togo having lost the original fixture 0-2. Togo had fielded an ineligible player due to suspension and FIFA intervened. They won their play-off 4-1 on aggregate against Tunisia. Samuel Eto’o will once more be the nations leading hope to improve on their 1990 quarter-final finish. This is his fourth World Cup, having played in 1998, 2002 and 2010.
Check out this video of Eto’o in action…
Both Mexico and Cameroon will be looking for three points here to garner any hope of group qualification although Mexico are 13/10 favourites with Cameroon 12/5 or 5/2 to win the game. Both teams would typically be expected to be also-rans in any World Cup, not least in a Group A that features hosts Brazil or European side Croatia. That being said, Mexico will enjoy the prospect of a World Cup in Brazil and will look to gain momentum against a Cameroon team who may have passed their sell-by date if the hopes of nation still rest on Eto’o’s shoulders. Both Mexico and Croatia should face off for second place in the group, playing the final group fixture on June 23.
Mexico v Cameroon on June 13 in Natal, 5pm.
Mexico: 23-man squad for the World Cup finals
Goalkeepers: Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Miguel Layun (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres), Paul Aguilar (America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (America), Diego Reyes (Porto), Rafael Marquez (Leon).
Midfielders: Miguel Angel Ponce (Toluca), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Javier Aquino (Villarreal), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Carlos Pena (Leon).
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres).
Cameroon: 23-man squad for the World Cup finals:
Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Sammy Ndjock (Fetihespor), Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport)
Defenders: Allan Nyom (Granada), Dany Nounkeu (Besiktas), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille), Henri Bedimo (Lyon), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Eyong Enoh (Antalyaspor), Jean Makoun (Rennes), Joel Matip (Schalke), Stephane Mbia (QPR), Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux), Alex Song (Barcelona), Edgar Salli (Lens)
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