Mexico and Cameroon will meet in the second match of Group A hoping to keep pace with Brazil.
The Brazilian’s got the tournament underway on Thursday with a hard fought 3-1 win over Croatia and a win for either side would set them up nicely for a shot at the runners-up place or dare we say it a shock group win.
In a clash between two sides that just about made it to Brazil, Mexico will be the slight favourites.
While the Mexicans needed a last gasp goal against the USA and a playoff win over New Zealand to seal their spot the Cameroon team very nearly missed out on their trip to South America as a dispute over player bonuses threatened to derail their bid before it even started.
Both sides will head into the tournament in similar form with two wins from their last five games. Mexico has been unbeaten in three prior to their pre-tournament defeats to Portugal and Bosnia-Herzegovina however before that they had put three goals plus past the Korea Republic, Israel and Ecuador
Cameroon have also shown mixed form of late, like Mexico they played Portugal however the score line on that occasion was 5-1, a 2-2 draw with Germany highlighted their potential while a 1-0 over Moldova in their final game before flying to Brazil will have helped their confidence.
The indomitable lions are captained by veteran striker Samuel Eto’o. The former Inter Milan will become a free agent later this month when his contract with Chelsea expires and he will be keen to put himself in the shop window with a strong showing.
His counterpart in the Mexico team, Javier Hernandez is also angling for a move this summer after a frustrating season on the sidelines at Manchester United.
However while Eto’o is a certain starter,” Little Pea” as he is known will have to bide his time to make his mark with Mexico coach Miguel Herrera picking Villarreal forward Guillermo Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta to lead the line.
The two sides last met in 1993 in a friendly when Mexico won 1-0.