The news of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez‘s absence from Mexico‘s starting XI hit the media yesterday, and it was something everyone was talking about. Everyone wanted to know how bad Hernandez’s injury was, but not starting against Cameroon didn’t trouble anyone. Mexico had this match in the bag, and Oribe Peralta was ready to make his World Cup debut as Hernandez’s replacement. Fans were right to remain confident in Mexico, because everything went according to plan, even after some bad calls by the referees.
There was one official goal in the match, and it came from the feet of Peralta. It was a fantastic goal, and Mexico were ecstatic to finally make a mark and defeat Cameroon. This match was not as easy as they had hoped. Peralta made use of his time on the pitch — 74 minutes — by being the scorer Mexico needed. Hernandez may have played a better match, but there were no obvious errors on Peralta’s part, which makes this 30-year-old World Cup newcomer a success for Mexico.
Hernandez did make an appearance as Peralta’s substitution. Head coach Miguel Herrera may have been hoping for a Hernandez’s super-sub moment, but nothing came from it. To be fair, Hernandez only really had one good shot, but he was unable to control the ball. If Herrera is planning to keep Hernandez on the bench, this may not hurt the team. Peralta and Giovanni Dos Santos have a very strong attack for the team.
Although Mexico are happy with Peralta’s performance and the win, they still are left feeling robbed. The World Cup referees are facing criticism once again in the second match. Dos Santos made two incredible goals for Mexico, but the referees denied both by claiming offsides. One was arguable, but the other was a huge error on the referees’ part. However, Mexico cannot remain hung up on a referees’ mistake, and they now need to move on and prepare to face Brazil.