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NATAL, Brazil -- With torrential rain pouring down and two goals already contentiously disallowed, tens of thousands of soggy but boisterous Mexico fans were getting nervous. Jese Real Madrid Jersey . They had already started chanting for Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, the striker benched in favour of Oribe Peralta, to come on and deliver a game winner. Seconds after the chant began, Peralta scored in the 61st minute to help Mexico to a 1-0 victory Friday and the three points it needed to have any chance of advancing from a tough Group A at the World Cup. Peraltas goal gave Mexico its first win over an African team at the World Cup and justified coach Miguel Herreras faith that he could deliver on the biggest stage in the world. A non-factor most of the first half, Peralta broke the deadlock with his left foot after Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Itandje parried Giovanni Dos Santos attempt from the edge of the area. The goal relieved the pressure that had been building steadily after Dos Santos had two goals disallowed in the first half, frustrating the Mexican team that was controlling the game with its speed and ball possession. "We could have scored more, but unfortunately were not used to these conditions," Herrera said. "Frankly, the refereeing took away two clear goals, but at the end of the day youve got to work for it, and we get to the next match with three points and very high spirits." Tournament host and favourite Brazil leads the group after a 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening game. Mexico plays Brazil on Tuesday in Fortaleza. While the heat was expected to be an issue in this balmy coastal city, rain soaked the field at the new Arena das Dunas starting about four hours before the match and never let up, creating a cool day but a slick surface. Mexico players said the field held up well and the conditions favoured their style of play. "We are ready to play in any type of circumstances," Dos Santos said. "We worked the ball well and it was extraordinary to have the rain." The rain never dampened the spirits of the Mexico fans who arrived hours early, dominated the announced crowd of 39,216 and kept up their cheers and taunts throughout the match. "They made us feel like locals," Herrera said, comparing the atmosphere with Mexicos home stadium. "It felt a little bit like Azteca." Those cheers were sounding nervous as the game remained scoreless deep into the second half. Dos Santos had twice put the ball in the net in the first half only to have both efforts called back. He was ruled offside in the 11th minute and his header from a corner in the 29th was denied when referee Wilmar Roldan apparently called a foul in front of Itandje. His work done, Peralta was taken off in the 74th minute for Hernandez, who nearly doubled Mexicos lead minutes later. But Hernandez misfired a volley and sent it over the net. While a tough shot, the miss punctuated Hernandez scoring drought. Peralta, on the other hand, is growing in confidence and keen to add to the gold medal he picked up with Mexico at the London Olympics. "I want to score as many goals as possible," Peralta said, "to take advantage of every opportunity that I get because I want to be a world champion again." Cameroon seldom tested Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa until forcing him to make a late victory-clinching save with a dive to his left to stop a header by Benjamin Moukandjo. The save was yet another big payoff for Herrera, who started Ochoa after the keeper had been a reserve at the last two World Cups. At the final whistle, Herrera kneeled, crossed himself and pumped his right fist. Cameroon coach Volker Finke stood with his arms crossed, scowling as the rain dripped off his face. For Cameroon, the lacklustre performance will only magnify controversies back home over a player bonus pay dispute that delayed their arrival in Brazil, and will raise more questions about whether theyre a fractured team. The loss also leaves Cameroon needing a victory over group rival Croatia before closing first-round play against Brazil. "We have five days to recover," Finke said. "We will analyze this together because the match against Croatia is very important if we want to stay alive". Jose Gimenez Atletico Madrid Jersey . -- The Chicago Bears say an MRI taken Monday showed Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher suffered no major structural damage to his left knee in a season-ending win at Minnesota. Keylor Navas Jersey . He didnt know it was going to turn out to be a career night. "When I first walked in here today I was yelling at everybody, I dont know what it is, but I have a lot of energy," Hill said. http://www.authenticsoccerfanshop.com/Atletico-Madrid-FC/Blank-Jersey/ . Zimmerman hit a 2-0 pitch off Mike Fiers (0-1) over the wall in left field to score Adam LaRoche for the Nationals fourth consecutive win. Tyler Clippard (5-2) pitched a scoreless 15th for the win.SAN DIEGO - Recently retired big leaguer Mark Kotsay was hired Monday as hitting coach of the San Diego Padres, a job with precious little security.Kotsay is the seventh person to hold the job since spacious Petco Park opened in 2004. By comparison, the Padres have had only two managers since then, Bruce Bochy and Bud Black.Kotsay replaces Phil Plantier, who was fired after the end of last season. The Padres offence was abysmal in 2014, particularly in the first half.Im not really worried about job security. In my role, I look at it as an opportunity to get back into the game that I love, the opportunity to be part of a great coaching staff and help lead this group of hitters in the direction we foresee, said Kotsay, who had two stints with the Padres.It will be the first professional coaching job for Kotsay, who turns 39 on Tuesday. After retiring from his playing career following the 2013 season, he spent last season as a special assistant to the Padres general manager.Kotsay said he had 12 different hitting coaches in his 17 big league seasons.Its a difficult task. Its a role that in some regards is not necessarily rewarding, he said. Being recently retired ... my connection to the game and the players that Im going to be leading is very close, very new, very fresh. I think that I will have an understanding of what theyre going through as players, based on my career, and the different roles that I played as an offensive player on different teams, the successes, the failures. Ill be able to reflect on what theyre going through and things like that.Kotsay played parts of 17 big league seasons with the Marlins, Padres, Athletics, Braves, Red Sox, White Sox and Brewers. The left-hander had a career average of .. Yannick Carrasco Jersey. 276, with 127 home runs and 720 RBIs in 1,914 games.Being the Padres hitting coach has largely been thankless and short-lived for Kotsays predecessors.Plantier replaced Randy Ready, who was fired a day after the Padres finished last in the NL West at 71-91 in 2011. The other Padres hitting coaches during the teams time at Petco Park have been Dave Magadan, Merv Rettenmund, Wally Joyner and Jim Lefebvre. All were fired except Joyner, who resigned late in the 2008 season, before he could be fired.When Plantier was fired, the Padres said his assistant, Alonzo Powell, would return to the staff.As for getting the Padres to hit better at Petco Park, Kotsay said hell tell the players to use the field for the way it is. Theres a lot of open space out there in the outfield and you will reward yourself when you take a positive at-bat. In the long run its about scoring runs. When we score three or four runs in Petco Park with the pitching staff we have, it will present opportunities to win games. Last years club, in the second half of the season, made improvements. Were going to continue to hopefully build on those improvements in spring training, with the philosophy being that we as a group are going to be better. Thats the focus.In a statement, Black said: Marks career as a player, teammate and team leader speaks for itself. His knowledge, work ethic, competiveness and personality will greatly impact our major league club, as well as our entire organization.The Padres have missed the playoffs for eight straight seasons. 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