The Club America striker now has nine goals from his last seven competitive matches for Mexico as he put his side second in Group A after a hard-fought victory. Amid heavy rain in Natal, the opening 45 minutes saw plenty of goalmouth action – although much of it came courtesy of three disallowed efforts. Giovani dos Santos had two ruled out by referee’s assistant Humberto Clavijo, both of which seemed close calls, while Eric Maxim Choupo- Moting also had one chalked off in a goalless opening half. Just after the hour, Mexico eventually got their breakthrough when Peralta snaffled up a loose ball inside the area. Peralta, scorer of 10 goals in Mexico’s qualification campaign, secured his first at a World Cup and it proved enough for Miguel Herrera’s side to keep pace with Brazil at the top of the group. Oribe Peralta again proved his worth to Mexico as his goal helped them to a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their FIFA World Cup opener on Friday.
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