10 interesting stats ahead of Mexico vs Cameroon

0 – Mexico are yet to beat an African nation at the World Cup. They drew 1-1 with South Africa in the opening game of the last tournament, drew 0-0 with Angola in 2006 and lost 3-1 to Tunisia back in 1978.

2 – No Cameroon player scored more than twice in qualifying. Eric Choupo-Moting, Samuel Eto’o and Jean Makoun led the Indomitable Lions with two goals each.

2 – Mexico won only 2 of their 10 matches in the group stage of qualifying before finishing in the playoff position.

3 – This will be Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera’s third competitive game in charge. He took charge in October 2013, overseeing a 9-3 victory over New Zealand as the country’s fourth head coach within the space of a month.

3 – By scoring in this tournament, Samuel Eto’o would join Sami Al-Jaber, Roberto Baggio, Gabriel Batistuta, David Beckham, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Fernando Hierro, Park Ji-Sung, Joe Jordan, Jürgen Klinsmann, Miroslav Klose, Henrik Larsson, Grzegorz Lato, Diego Maradona, Lothar Matthäus, Michel Platini, Raúl, Dominique Rocheteau, Ronaldo, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Julio Salinas, Andrzej Szarmach and Rudi Völler to score in 3 different World Cups. Pelé and Uwe Seeler hold the record by scoring in four different tournaments.

10 – Oribe Peralta scored 10 goals in qualifying but only three of these came in the fourth round. The hero of the 2012 Olympics final then scored 5 in the two-legged 9-3 victory over New Zealand in their intercontinental playoff tie.

13 – Cameroon have won only 1 of their last 13 games at the World Cup. That was a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in 2002. They lost all three games in South Africa four years ago.

15 – Mexico are playing in their 15th World Cup. They have competed in this tournament more times than any nation not to have won it.

24 – Mexico hold the record for most defeats at a World Cup

50 – This will be Mexico’s 50th match at a World Cup. Only Germany (99), Brazil (98), Italy (80), Argentina (70), England (59), Spain (56) and France (54) have played more.

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