The World Cup in Brazil has kicked off and the action continues in Group A as Mexico take on Cameroon, in Natal.
The Mexicans have never beaten African opposition at a World Cup finals, but Cameroon go into this game on the back of four successive tournament final defeats, per Yahoo.
The teams have only ever met once in their history. Mexico prevailed in that game, beating Cameroon by a solitary goal.
Here is how you can catch this important group match:
When: Friday, June 13, at 5 p.m. BST (noon ET)
Where: Estadio das Dunas, Natal, Brazil.
TV: ITV/ITV HD (UK only); ESPN2 (US only)
Lucky Mexico to Enjoy Competition
Having twice hosted the World Cup, Mexico is a nation steeped in football history. However, they nearly did not make the 2014 showpiece in Brazil, only being saved by a last-gasp victory in the group stages by the United States, who defeated qualification rivals Panama.
So this tournament feels like a bonus to many of the Mexico team. Striker Oribe Peralta admits the side are going to try and seize their opportunity, per Gerald Imray of the Standard: "This is my first and probably my last World Cup so you can bet that I will give my all to make history with this team."
Mexico's form is poor going into the first game of the competition against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, losing their previous two warm-up matches without scoring a goal, per WhoScored.com.
They have just come off the back of two 1-0 defeats to both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Portugal. BT Sport's Derek Rae thinks the African nation will be too good for the Mexican team in this current condition and performance level:
Cameroon showed enough to suggest they can beat Mexico in their opener. That holds the key to the group for the Indomitable Lions.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) June 1, 2014
Rae is correct. Cameroon know they have to make a triumphant start to have any realistic chance of joining expected group-winners Brazil in the knockout phase. Mexico will struggle, with prime striker Javier Hernandez experiencing a badly timed goal drought.
Mexico are very lucky to be even participating in this competition at this stage, but their jubilation in edging through qualifying could soon turn to tears and elimination.
Samuel Eto'o to Roll Back the Years
Despite Cameroon losing some of their former World Cup notoriety to other African nations, they still have an ace up their sleeve.
Samuel Eto'o is no longer the youthful wonder that he once was, but he still has the finishing ability of one of Europe's top club strikers. Eto'o just enjoyed a productive year under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and has taken to life in the Premier League well.
He hit 14 goals in 36 appearances in the English domestic league and Europe, per WhoScored.com, proving he can still play at the highest level.
On Friday, he will be the player that Mexico have to stop to avoid defeat. If Eto'o finds his rhythm at the competition he will be the catalyst that drives Cameroon past their opening opponents and Croatia.
Who will win this Group A match?
Eto'o scored in Cameroon's recent 2-2 friendly draw with a strong and favoured German side, per WhoScored.com, proving that the Indomitable Lions may be about to have yet another exciting and historic World Cup finals, if they hit their very best form.
Cameroon are a match for any team on their day, and they might even be the side who can shock Brazil on home soil.