06/13/2014 01:12 pm ET Updated Jun 13, 2014

Mexico Goals Disallowed By Offside Calls As Refs Stay In World Cup Spotlight (VIDEO)


Early on, the 2014 World Cup is being dominated by the officials.

One day after a controversial penalty kick helped Brazil top Croatia in the opening match of the World Cup, Mexico had two goals disallowed by controversial offside calls in the first half against Cameroon on Friday. Dominating possession early in the second match of the 32-team tournament, El Tri appeared to have a deserved 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when forward Giovani Dos Santos volleyed a cross from teammate Hector Herrera past Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Itandje.

After Dos Santos deftly deposited the ball in the back of the net, a linesman lifted his flag to signal offside. Referee Wilmar Roldan waved off the goal and the game remained scoreless.

In the 30th minute, Dos Santos appeared to score again off a Mexico corner kick. Again, the goal was disallowed by a dubious offside call.

In between these two disallowed goals for Mexico, Cameroon also had a score denied by the officials. Again, offside was the call. In this case, the call seemed to be accurate.