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06/13/2014 01:57 pm ET Updated Jun 13, 2014

Mexico Overcomes Cameroon And Officials To Win Its World Cup Opener 1-0 (VIDEOS)

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Mexico had a more difficult time getting a goal past the officials than Cameroon in a tense World Cup matchup that included some dubious offside decisions before the decisive score. With the rain falling and the linesmen's flags raising at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, Mexico forward Oribe Peralta banged home the only goal that counted -- and the only one needed -- to lift El Tri to a 1-0 win over the Indomitable Lions.

The score came in the 61st minute on the rebound of a shot by Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos, who seemed to have a pair of scores himself earlier. The Group A match had remained scoreless to that point but the ball had found its way into the nets at either end of the field. By halftime, both teams had goals disallowed by offside calls. Dos Santos twice put the ball into the back of the Cameroon net for El Tri and both times the score was negated by a controversial offside ruling. In between the two apparent Mexico goals, Cameroon had a potential scoring movement ended by an offside call.

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