Mexico’s Oribe Peralta ensured justice was done just as the start of the Brazilian World Cup was about to be hit by yet another refereeing scandal.
Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan risked anarchy inside Natal’s Estadio das Dunas after wrongly ruling out two legitimate Mexican goals for offside in the first half, both scored by ex-Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos.
So he – and FIFA – would have been mightily relieved when Mexico’s domination was eventually rewarded after an hour when Cameroun goalkeeper Charles Itandje pushed out a shot by Dos Santos into the path of Peralta, who slotted home the rebound.
The result leaves Mexico favourites to qualify from Group A alongside Brazil, whom they face on Tuesday in Fortaleza.Copyright © 2023 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.