Mexico opens World Cup with 1-0 win over Cameroon in torrential rain
NATAL, Brazil — Oribe Peralta scored on a rebound in the 59th minute as Mexico opened the World Cup with a 1-0 win in Group A over Cameroon on Friday in a torrential downpour.
Mexico had to hold on in extra time as goalie Guillermo Ochoa made a diving stop of a Cameroon header.
Mexico had a frustrating first half when two goals by Giovanni Dos Santos were disallowed because of offside calls.
Dos Santos appeared to score in the 11th minute but the linesman ruled him to be offside. In the 29th minute, he headed in a corner but again was called for offside in front of Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Intandje.
Rain began four hours before kickoff and continued throughout the game, making the field in the coastal city slippery.
Mexico will play host nation and tournament favorite Brazil at Fortaleza at 4 p.m. Tuesday.